ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55323
Last updated: 2 September 2014
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Date:03-DEC-1962
Time:15:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VULC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Vulcan B.1
Owner/operator:Bristol Siddeley Engines Ltd
Registration: XA894
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Filton Airfield (EGTG), Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Test
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The Vulcan was being used as a test bed for the Olympus 22R engine which was to power the TSR2. On December 3 1962, the engine was run to full power on maximum reheat when an Low Pressure turbine disc failed puncturing 2 fuel tanks and starting a fire which spread rapidly. The fire destroyed the Vulcan and a brand new fire engine that was close by. Luckily there were no serious injuries to the engineers or fire crew.

The heat was so intense that the fires were allowed to burn themselves out. The core of the disc continued across the airfield bouncing every 150 feet towards the parked prototype Bristol Type 188 (XF926). The disc eventually ran out of momentum just short of the parked aircraft

Sources:
1. Air Britain: RAF Aircraft XA100 - XZ999, published 2001
2. http://www.aviationarchive.org.uk/stories/pages.php?enum=GE131&maxp=3&pnum=0
3. http://www.verdon-roe.co.uk/#/avro/postwar/698vulcan/avrovulcan/avro698vulcanbmk1arafxa894
4. http://www.avrovulcan.org.uk/other_photographers/894_farnborough_1.htm
5. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1962.htm


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Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Jul-2009 00:18 VHKDK Updated
22-Aug-2011 13:15 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Mar-2012 05:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Mar-2012 05:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
12-Apr-2012 00:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
25-Oct-2013 03:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Feb-2014 16:01 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
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