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- Apr 16, 2008
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Landing gear mishap unlikely to affect Bronco II’s chances in SOCOM competition
The Bronco II prototype has been flying demonstration flights in the United States as part of the Armed Overwatch competition, which could see up to 75 aircraft acquired. After several successful flights, the aircraft was parked on the ground on 9 July when it suffered minor damage to its landing gear, according to a photo obtained by Aviation Week.
A Leidos spokesperson told Aviation Week the aircraft suffered minor damage “during a preventative maintenance action.” It is not clear if human error or a technical problem was responsible, although it could be a combination of both.
Sounds like someone hit the gear retract and a weight-on-wheels switch failed, so the plane folded up the gear despite being firmly planted on the ground. Not the first time a WoW switch has failed like that, but certainly an embarrassing moment for it to happen.