The airline transport pilot reported that the North American B-25 was flying about 155 mph and 1,000′ above ground level. Upon entering the left downwind leg of the traffic pattern of an airport in Dallas, the pilot extended the landing gear.
While the gear was in transit, the crew felt a jolt, as if a bird had hit the front of the airplane.
The pilot made a normal landing, parked the airplane, and noted damage to the left horizontal stabilizer and elevator. [Read more…]