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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142413
Last updated: 6 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F1A
Owner/operator:BAC (British Aircraft Corporation)
Registration: XM170
C/n / msn: 95058
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Warton, Lancashire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Samlesbury Airfield, Lancashire
Destination airport:Warton Airfield, Lancashire (EGNO)
Suffered mercury contamination during its build which went undetected until its first flight from the BAC Works at Samlesbury to the BAC Flight Test facility at Warton, Lancashire on 2/9/1960. White fungus appeared on the airframe in several places. XM170 was put into quarantine for many years, before being removed to RAF 9 SoTT Newton on 18/3/1965 for use as Ground Instructional Airframe 7877M.

Total flying time on this airframe: 14 minutes(!) - all of it during the aircraft's one and only flight from Samlesbury to Warton on 2/9/1960.

To fire dump at RAF Swinderby in December 1966, finally scrapped 1977

Sources: [photo of XM170 on the fire dump at Swinderby in 1973]

Revision history:

09-Feb-2012 20:56 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Feb-2012 22:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2012 16:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2012 16:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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