ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 67692
Last updated: 20 April 2014
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Date:24-NOV-1963
Time:
Type:Reussner Swift
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: BGA 966
C/n / msn: JCR-2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Netheravon, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Netheravon, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
REUSSNER SWIFT: This glider started its life as the prototype Slingsby T.45 in 1957. Whilst Fred Slingsby was taking photographs of the then unnamed glider at Sutton Bank, John Reussner crashed the T.45 and ended up with the glider hanging up in the telephone wires, 'just like all the other Swallows" commented Fred.'Just for that we will call it The Swallow".

John Reussner rebuilt prototype as a standard Swallow, with a c/no. of JCR.1, and it received a B.G.A. C. of A in October, 1958, as BGA 865. It was later modified and finally appeared as the Swift.

The modifications included extending the wing span to 15 metres by adding a parallel chord section to each wing root, lengthening the fuselage by one foot (0.3 metres), this was added to the rear fuselage between the trailing edge of the wing and the tail plane. A revised canopy was also fitted, this being similar to the canopy fitted to the later models of the Swallow.

One only so modified, from Swallow above. New c/no. of JCR.2 was allocated, and the Swift received a C. of A. No. BGA 966 in August, 1960.

After three years flying however, it crashed at Netheravon, Wiltshire, on 24.11.63 and was written off. The pilot was killed, but it was later established that the pilot who was flying the Swift had suffered a heart attack whilst in the air, and was dead before the glider impacted into the ground.

Sources:
1. http://www.bpg.flyer.co.uk/BGA.xls
2. http://scalesoaring.co.uk/public_html/yabbfiles/Attachments/reussner_swift.pdf
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/t45.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Dec-2012 16:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Dec-2012 16:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
14-Oct-2013 18:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
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