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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 242732
Last updated: 17 October 2020
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Date:09-FEB-1945
Time:c.
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire MK LF.Mk Vb
Owner/operator:53 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (53 OTU RAF)
Registration: AB910
C/n / msn: CBAF.1061
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
The pilot of AB910 taxied across the airfield on a windy winters day with WAAF Margaret Horton acting as a tailweight to stabalise the aircraft. Following take off checks and before Margaret could jump off the tailplane the pilot took off with Margaret clinging to the tail. The pilot realising the cause of the aircrafts handling problems carried out a circuit and landed the aircraft safely back on the airfield with Margaret uninjured.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Hibaldstow
https://www.spitfireab910.com/about
http://www.sonsofdamien.co.uk/AB910.htm
https://www.tangmere-museum.org.uk/artefact-month/the-waaf-who-flew-a-circuit-on-a-spitfire
https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/75/a2742275.shtml
https://britishairshows.com/sitting-on-tail-of-spitfire


Images:

Photo of AB910 courtesy AirHistory.net


Old Warden (EGTH)
5 July 2015; (c) Alex Christie


RAF Alconbury Air Show, Cambridgeshire, UK - 16th May 1959


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RAF Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK BoB Air Show - 17th September 1960

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Sep-2020 17:10 Peter Clarke Added
23-Sep-2020 13:36 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
26-Sep-2020 15:37 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
17-Oct-2020 09:59 Fanda Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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