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Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F Mk 4
Owner/operator:CFS Royal Air Force (CFS RAF)
Registration: XF980
MSN: HABL/003135
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Hunter F.4 XF980 of RAF Central Flying School, collided with Javelin XA644 of Gloster Aircraft Ltd, over Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. The Javelin, which was on a test flight from Moreton Valence, crashed immediately, but the Hunter crashed at Wotton-Under-Edge.

The Hunter was climbing at full throttle and collided at 10,000 feet over Nailsworth, Gloucestershire with the Javelin, which was making a rapid descent. The closing speed of the two aircraft was 920 knots, and the tail of the Hunter sliced through the front fuselage of the Javelin, ejecting both of the Javelin's crew. The pilot of the Javelin - Gloster Test Pilot E.B. Smith - had his parachute chord severed and he fell to the ground at Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The other crew member on board the Javelin, Flight Lieutenant R. E. Jeffries ejected safely, and survived. (He died on February 14 2017 at the age of 93)

The pilot of the Hunter was Flight Lieutenant P.K.V. Hicks ejected through the canopy and was injured.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.182 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2001 p 34)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.208
4. Jet Jockeys, by Peter Caygill, page 153 (ISBN 1 84037 313 X - Airlife Publishing)

Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
04-Dec-2011 17:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Apr-2013 13:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Nov-2018 15:43 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Operator]
25-Jun-2020 17:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2020 19:01 Digger Updated [Operator, Operator]

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