ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59701
Last updated: 17 April 2014
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Date:26-MAY-1919
Time:
Type:Tarrant Tabor
Owner/operator:W.G.Tarrant
Registration: F1765
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:R.A.E Farnborough, Farnborough, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Farnborough (EGLF)
Destination airport:Farnborough (EGLF)
Narrative:
The Tabor was an all-wood triplane bomber originally intended to carry bombs to the German capital, Berlin. After the Armistice of Nov.1918 the construction of the prototype was continued with the intention of producing the Tabor as an airliner.

With a wingspan of 131 feet, 3 inches ( 40.02 metres ) and powered by six 450 h.p. Napier Lion water-cooled engines, four tractor and two pusher, it was for a brief period the largest aircraft of its time.

Only a single prototype was constructed and it crashed on its very first take off, resulting in the project being abandoned.

As the Tabor rolled down the Royal Aircraft Establishment airfield at Farnborough the pilots advanced the throttles of the two engines mounted on the upper wings.

These engines were mounted so far above the centre of gravity that opening them up to full power created a turning moment that tipped the Tabor onto its nose, crushing the forward section of the fuselage and killing the two pilots, Captains Frederick G. Dunn and P.T.Rawlings.

Sources:
1. Mason, Francis K (1994). The British Bomber since 1914. London: Putnam Aeronautical Books.
2. "Triplane Wrecked at Farnborough - Capt P.T. Rawlings Killed" (News). The Times (London). Tuesday, 27 May 1919. (42110), col D, p. 9.
3. "Tarrant Triplane Pilot's Death" (News in Brief). The Times (London). Thursday, 29 May 1919. (42112), col A, p. 9.
4. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1919/1919%20-%200592.html
5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_military_aircraft_before_1925#1919
6. picture of wreckage: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1e/Tarrant_Tabor_3.jpg

The Tarrant Tabor at Farnborough in May 1919, just before its first (and only) flight Too late to see service the giant Tarrant Tabor

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Apr-2009 02:11 angels one five Added
09-Sep-2010 20:28 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
08-Nov-2010 03:45 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
21-May-2013 03:04 angels one five Updated [Registration, Narrative]
21-May-2013 03:04 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
16-Dec-2013 00:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Dec-2013 00:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
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