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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58355
Last updated: 2 July 2019
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Date:06-AUG-1955
Time:12:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F1
Owner/operator:Hawker Aircraft Ltd
Registration: WT562
C/n / msn: 41H-665409
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RNAS Ford, West Sussex
Destination airport:Boscombe Down, Wiltshire
Narrative:
Delivered, 24-11-53. C(A) aircraft, Hawker Aircraft Ltd., Dunsfold. Trial Installation of 1/3 Span flaps. Suffered forced landing at RNAS Ford following engine failure (turbine blade failure) while carrying out gun firing trials off Littlehampton, pilot; Sqn Ldr. Neville Duke, 01-08-55 (he was subsequently awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air).Engine changed.

Crashed at RAF Thorney Island after engine failure at 1,000 feet over Chichester while returning aircraft from Ford to Boscombe Down. Aircraft bounced on landing on runway 06 at 200 mph and Neville Duke selected undercarriage retracted to slow the aircraft down; however, one main wheel stayed down and the aircraft bounced again, finally coming to rest against the land side of the sea wall and breaking its back just aft of the cockpit, after sliding through a perimeter fence. Runway lights along part of 06/24 were ripped off their mountings as the aircraft slewed off the runway.

Pilot; Hawker Chief Test Pilot, Neville Duke received spinal injuries which would continue to plague him later in life. Written off, 06-08-55 as Cat.5(scrap). To Ministry Of Supply charge, 16-09-55 and scrapped at Dunsfold.

Sources:

60 Years of the Hawker Hunter 1951 to 2011 by David J. Griffin
http://web.archive.org/web/20130717113810/http://daveg4otu.tripod.com:80/hancrash.html
http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WT
www.cnapg.net/hunter.htm
Eyewitness report (inspected crash site approx. 1 hour after incident)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
29-Dec-2010 08:32 RAFOHunter Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2011 22:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2013 07:19 profoblivion Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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