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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56634
Last updated: 4 October 2019
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Date:01-OCT-1959
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning T4
Owner/operator:English Electric Co
Registration: XL628
C/n / msn: 95049
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:off Garlieston, Wigton Bay, Dumfriesshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Warton, Lancashire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed into the sea after the tail fin became detached during rapid rolling tests at 35,000ft. According to official records, the wreckage was found at co-ordinates 54'45".00N, 04'10".00W - which is in the Solway Firth off Garlieston, Wigton Bay, Dumfriesshire

The Test Pilot J.W.C. Squier ejected, this being the first successful supersonic ejection in a British aircraft. He spent almost 29 hours in the water before landing on a beach at Wigtown Bay. Total flying time on the airframe: 94 flights, 40.51 hours

Sources:

http://www.aviation-picture-hangar.co.uk/xl628.html
http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/project/year_pages/1959.htm
http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/300701/details/english+electric+lightning+t4+solway+firth/
http://web.archive.org/web/20160316033156/[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.lightning.org.uk/histp11t4.htm]l


Images:


September 1959 at SBAC display Farnborough

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Jul-2011 00:16 Anon. Updated [Operator]
07-Feb-2012 22:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2012 16:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
01-Apr-2015 14:53 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
20-Jun-2019 17:51 harro Updated [Photo]

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