‘Star’ faux-journalism

From the early paper edition of the Daily Star this morning:

Methinks they may have had a phone call or two as the on-line version has been changed…….

From an email corresponent who is knowledgeable on such matters it appears that the Daily Mail said a tyre blew on landing and which caused the U/C leg to collapse. The BBC website picture appears to show the prop blades rather shorter than normal, which will be expensive as the engine will have to be shock load tested, and may need a complete strip down. A new propeller will be getting on for 5 figures, alone – and no UK company makes them now. He assures me this is Rolls Royce’s example of the plane involved, a Photo Reconnaissance version, PS853. It has the larger Griffon engine and a FIVE blade prop:

 


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4 Responses

  1. There we go, Lord Justice Leveson. The mainstream media and its powerful reputation for accuracy…

  2. The Telegraph made a similar mistake April last year. Now corrected, but as you can tell from the comments below, not before everyone noticed it

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9203822/Spitfires-buried-in-Burma-during-war-to-be-returned-to-UK.html

  3. microdave says:

    Unfortunately the media has a pathetically poor knowledge of anything to do with aviation. They seem to think all commercial passenger carrying aircraft are jets, even those with turboprop engines. Yes, I know the innards are basically the same, but the bloody great propellers whirling around should give them a clue…

    Almost any reported fault becomes an “Emergency” or “Crash” landing, even though many (even some engine failures) only class as “Precautionary”. A glider down in a field is perfectly normal, but not to your average journo. And they never miss the chance to quote a passenger screaming “we thought we were going to die!!!”

    I fear the subject of this howler is going to need some pretty expensive repairs – they weren’t designed to operate from tarmac runways, and the damage will be a lot worse than if it had landed on grass…

  4. peter geany says:

    Unfortunately this aircraft, ex BBMF only emerged from a 2 year overhaul last Autumn. It remains to be seen what the issue was, but lets hope its soon back in the Air. And for those interested just about everything about a Spitfire can be manufactured today, including the wooden prop blades. Modern manufacturing of which Britain has a surprising amount can replicate almost anything.

    Witness the De Havilland Mosquito that flew in New Zealand this last September as an example of doing what everyone said was impossible. The complete wooden fuselage and wings were produced from scratch and a pair of new Merlin 25′s were “found” to power it. Just think what the people of this country can achieve if we can get government out of the way.

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