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156 white (cn 2960905556) Tailstrike!! One of the stars of this years RIAT, at the end of Sunday's display the pilot put the aircraft down hard and it bounced in the air before touching down again. It was only when looking at my shots later on I realised that the jetpipes had touched the runway, creating a shower of sparks. It can only have happened for a split second, as nobody nearby seemed to notice it either!
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A visitor from - posted Sat November 26, 2011:
Wow. Incredible shot. Thanks for sharing!

A visitor from - posted Fri June 24, 2011:
Interesting shot, but to debunk what has been said about landing gear issues, the gear looks like it has not fully extended due to the heavy touch down on the gear which has fully compressed the struts. When the struts are fully compressed during a landing like this with a slight flare, you've got yourself a tail strike ladies and gentlemen...

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 19, 2007:
Mig should be able to rotate at a very steep angle, the main gear does not seem to have fully extended.

A visitor from Brazil posted Thu November 15, 2007:
Power and technology

A visitor from United States posted Sat August 18, 2007:
Owie!! Must had a low speed on final in order to avoid a stall and a blowed up tires

A visitor from France posted Fri July 13, 2007:
Great shot, but it s look like this 29' has problem with its main landing gear. the bottom looks like unusualy low on the ground and the nose is that rised...

A visitor from Canada posted Mon February 5, 2007:
Great shot!!

A visitor from Singapore posted Sat December 30, 2006:
Ladies and Gentleman, a new airshow routine called 'Tailstrike', Ha! No malice here. Everyone makes mistakes, even the Best test pilots in the world. Glad everything turned out okay.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Tue August 29, 2006:
5 stars to photo, but it clearly shows the state of our aviation: lack of fuel leads to flight level decreasing...This touches even demonstrators:((((

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat August 26, 2006:
It capture the moment and a photo should be a memory in time.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed July 19, 2006:
WOW this shot is just 2 good

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed July 19, 2006:
Immence photography

A visitor from United States posted Wed July 19, 2006:
You're very lucky to have captured this photo, since you said it was a split second. One normally does not expect a tail strike from a military plane. Good job Mark.

A visitor from New Zealand posted Tue July 18, 2006:
Great photo, you were very lucky to get capture this moment!

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 18, 2006:
At exactly the right moment.

A visitor from Germany posted Tue July 18, 2006:
Awesome! A click at the right time.
Cheers - ZakHH

A visitor from Poland posted Tue July 18, 2006:
5 stars... no comment for this breath-taking touch ang go

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue July 18, 2006:
Great timing Mark... You lucky beggar! ;-)

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