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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21166
Last updated: 18 October 2021
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Date:18-AUG-1955
Time:day
Type:Supermarine Swift F.4
Owner/operator:Vickers Armstrong (Supermarine) Ltd
Registration: WK272
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Chilbolton, Hampshire
Destination airport:Chilbolton, Hampshire
Narrative:
Supermarine Swift F.Mk.4 WK272: Notified as awaiting collection 4/10/54, and delivered 3/11/54 to the A&AEE at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. Later returned to Vickers Armstrongs (Supermarine) at Chilbolton, Hampshire for handling trials.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when abandoned in spin on 18/8/1955, and crashed at Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, while involved in intentional spinning trials. A spin developed from which the pilot was unable to recover. After attempting to jettison the canopy, the pilot found that it would not separate until the seal was deflated. Aircraft struck trees and a bungalow. Three civilians injured.

According to a contemporary local newspaper report ("Belfast News-Letter", Antrim, Northern Ireland - Thursday 18 August 1955):

"An experimental Vickers Supermarine Swift jet aircraft crashed in a wood on Paddock Hurst Estate, Turners Hill, Sussex, yesterday, and caught fire. The pilot. Mr. G. J. Horne (29), baled out and landed unhurt at a farm two miles away, but a Boy Scout who was walking in a lane was slightly injured by flying metal."

Struck off Charge 22/9/1955 at Boscombe Down and scrapped. Pilot: Gordon Joseph "Chunky" Horne (aged 29) ejected OK. The same pilot later ejected from Swift Mk.5 XD909 on 25/06/56. A cockpit section of a Supermarine Swift at the Solent Sky Museum in Southampton is claimed to be all that remains of Swift WK272.

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WK
2. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?63596-Swift-Crash
3. http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/swift/survivor.php?id=606
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20170624000012/http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com:80/Swift.html
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?21513-quot-Brooklands-quot-Caterpillar-List&p=125871&styleid=3


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Jun-2008 21:39 JINX Added
28-Feb-2011 14:17 Anon. Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Dec-2012 14:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-May-2020 23:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
31-May-2020 18:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]

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