Already before the war Bodo made aviation history: On August 26, 1939 Bodo Sandberg made the first “belly landing” in the Netherlands
The G-1s were the first planes in the
So, the only solution left was to pull the one wheel that was down up again, circle the Air Force base for hours, until all the fuel was burnt up (those oldies couldn’t dump fuel as they can nowadays), and then Bodo did something nobody had ever done before: he made a belly landing (landing without wheels). Very very gently he approached the soft grassy field, next to the hard runway. So slowly that he virtually stalled, and put down the G-1 in the soft grass. He did it so well that the G-1 was perfectly in tact. Yes, the propellers were bent (I remember the picture!), as they stick out deep below the plane’s belly, and some of the plane’s skin was shorn off her underbelly, but the G-1 was fixed in a jiffy and the plane flew perfectly again thereafter.
Dad made Dutch Aviation history.
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