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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58362
Last updated: 26 June 2019
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Date:25-JAN-1955
Time:12:19
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F4
Owner/operator:Hawker Aircraft Ltd.
Registration: WT707
C/n / msn: 41H-670674.
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RNAS Ford, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Dunsfold, Surrey [EGTD]
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Written off on pre-delivery test flight. Crashed at Ford after engine failed to relight following booster pump checks at 45,000 feet over the south coast, near Chichester. After a very heavy landing, without flaps, undercarriage or engine at 230 mph , the aircraft bounced 15 times before impacting some caravans on the edge of the airfield, killing 3 people.

Pilot; Hawker Test Pilot, Frank Murphy was severely injured. Making a statement from the Station sick bay, he ended his report with the laconic "I landed at 1219 hrs."

Sources:

Hawker Hunter, 1951-2008. by D.J.Griffin
http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=234.0
http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WT
www.cnapg.net/hunter.htm


Revision history:

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

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