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Wing Failure

Never stop flying the plane!
By Neil Williams

Neil Williams
Neil Williams

Since we feature the Zlin this month, it seems only appropriate to revisit a story of triumph over near certain death by a cool-headed pilot whose quick thinking led to his safe return to Earth – inverted – with a broken wing.

In 1970, Neil Willaims was practicing for the World Aerobatic Championships as a member of the British team. In the middle of his routine, his wing began to fold up. Most pilots reading this would think, “His next action would be to bail out.” This was 1970 – very few pilots wore parachutes then. His lightning-quick response to the situation saved his life and is a lesson for anyone to never stop flying the plane.

Live the story in Neil’s own words.

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