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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56555
Last updated: 16 November 2019
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Date:11-JAN-1965
Time:16:18
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F1/3
Owner/operator:A&AEE (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment )
Registration: XG335
C/n / msn: 95024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Larkhill Ranges, near Woodborough, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Boscombe Down, Wiltshire (EGDM)
Destination airport:Boscombe Down, Wiltshire (EGDM)
Narrative:
First flown T.M.S. Ferguson 7-8-59 at Samlesbury. Aircraft B of the Air Fightning Development Squadron, Coltishall, from 3-60. To Boscombe Down, 12-11-62. On 19-2-63 returned to Warton and fitted with "squared off" F3 fin by Boulton Paul. Redelivered 12-11-63 to A&AEE at Boscombe Down.

Crashed, 11-1-65, on Larkhill Ranges, Wiltshire (at 16:18 hrs) after undercarriage malfunction. Due to failure of the side stay bracket, the starboard undercarriage leg would not fully lower. The pilot was directed to the emergency bale out area over the Larkhill Ranges and ejected safely. The aircraft crashed into open ground at Woodbourgh, Wiltshire after severing several high tension cables . It crashed in an open field narrowly missing a farm house and several cottages. It then went on to skid on its belly for about 300 yards through a small wood before finally coming to rest on fire in another field not far from the Seven Stars Pub in Bottlesford. I was there aged 19 in the field it crashed in at the moment it crashed.

Pilot, Squadron Leader J Whittaker, ejected safely. Total flights 286, hours flown 204h 26m.

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1965.htmeld
2. http://www.lightning.org.uk/histdb.html
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20170421194250/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1965.htm
4. http://www.aviation-picture-hangar.co.uk/xg335.html
5. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=99030


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Sep-2011 20:24 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2011 04:55 DAMOLE Updated [Time, Nature, Source, Narrative]
08-Feb-2012 07:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Feb-2012 11:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Sep-2013 06:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2014 17:40 Route Updated [Operator]
12-Jul-2019 17:46 Cosmic674 Updated [Source, Narrative]

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