XM244 XM244
XM244 XM244 
[Photos : Via Ron Ledwidge ]

Sequence from some of the official photos of the foam-runway landing by XM244 on 9 June 1965 at RAF Manston. The emergency landing, undertaken in bad weather by Flt Lt Ron Ledwidge and his navigator Flt Lt Martin Fortune, was caused when a faulty hydraulic sequence valve prevented the port undercarriage leg from lowering.
Note, in the first of the smaller photos, the remarkably straight landing run skid in the foam. It is a credit to Ron's skill that he held such a straight touch-down with one leg up and flying with no canopy.

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