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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 67827
Last updated: 19 November 2018
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Date:15-AUG-1962
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH 115 Vampire T 35
Owner/operator:Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) CFS
Registration: A79-607
C/n / msn: DHA4128
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:7.5 n.m. SE of East Sale airfield, Victoria -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAAF East Sale, Victoria
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On August 15 1962, four* Vampire Trainers of the CFS formation aerobatic team, known as the Red Sales, were practicing their display routine for a forthcoming air show when they flew into the ground near the completion of a formation barrel roll at low level.

All 6 pilots in the aircraft were killed instantly. Killed were :
Flt Lt R.H. Jones (Team Leader),
Flt Lt P.A. Young & Flt Lt M. Dunbar
Flt Lt Hearnden
Flt Lt Burke and
Flying Officer Goss (Tail).

*The other Vampire T.55s involved were A79-628, A79-629, and A79-650; Flt Lt P.A. Young & Flt Lt M. Dunbar were in A79-607, but it not yet been able to establish which crew members were in which of the other individual aircraft.

An investigation found that there was no mid-air collision between any of the Vampires or any evidence of mechanical failure or bird strike. The pilots of two of the jets appear to have realised that they were in a dangerous situation and went to break formation and recover, but were too late.

The tragedy was attributed to poor height judgement and possibly poor technique on the part of the formation leader.

Sources:

1. http://www.adf-gallery.com.au//2a79.shtml
2. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh115.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH115%20prodn%20list.txt


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Aug-2009 04:51 angels one five Added
10-Dec-2012 11:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
01-Mar-2013 21:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Mar-2014 23:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Feb-2015 18:07 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]

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