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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 67692
Last updated: 2 August 2015
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Date:24-NOV-1963
Time:
Type:Reussner Swift
Owner/operator:Army Gliding Club
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.

The glider, which was owned and operated by an Army Gliding Club, was winchlaunched to a height of about 1,900 ft., for a local flight. Soon after the winch
cable was released, the glider was seen to begin a dive, and then to pull up into a loop. On completing the loop it flew in a level attitude for a few seconds and then started a climb, as if to begin another loop. As the nose reached a point about 30 degrees above the horizon, the port wing broke off, and the glider dived into the ground. The pilot, who was a serving Army officer, was killed instantly.

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
4. Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA


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]
27-May-2015 17:21 harro Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
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