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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 155086
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Date:26-JUN-1956
Time:day
Type:Supermarine Swift FR.5
Owner/operator:Vickers Armstrong Aircraft Ltd
Registration: XD909
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:South Marston, near Swindon, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Chilbolton, Hampshire
Destination airport:South Marston, Swindon, Wiltshire
Narrative:
Supermarine Swift FR.5 XD909: Notified as awaiting collection 7/12/55. Never delivered, as retained for test flying on C(A) MoS (Controller (Aircraft) Ministry of Supply) charge at Vickers Armstrongs (Supermarine) at Chilbolton.

Written off 26/06/1956: The test flight from Chilbolton involving shutting down the engine in flight. Failed engine re-light at 25,000ft. The aircraft crashed near South Marston. Vickers-Supermarine Civilian Test Pilot Mr. Gordon Joseph "Chunky" Horne ejected at 2,800ft

This was his 2nd ejection (see also the crash of WK272 on 17/08/1955). XD909 was formally Struck Off Charge as Cat.5(s) on 23/4/57.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.180 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2001 p 21)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.201
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20171123224900/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/swift/swift.htm
5. http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/hancrash.html
6. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1956.htm
7. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?21513-quot-Brooklands-quot-Caterpillar-List&p=125871&styleid=3
8. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1950-1959_26.html
9. https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/mardownload/@MAR_06_15.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Apr-2013 00:38 Dr. John Smith Added
22-Jun-2020 15:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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