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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142413
Last updated: 4 December 2019
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Date:02-SEP-1960
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F1A
Owner/operator:BAC (British Aircraft Corporation)
Registration: XM170
C/n / msn: 95058
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Warton, Lancashire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Samlesbury Airfield, Lancashire
Destination airport:Warton Airfield, Lancashire (EGNO)
Narrative:
Suffered mercury contamination during its build which went undetected until its first flight from the BAC Works at Samlesbury to the BAC Flight Test facility at Warton, Lancashire on 2/9/1960. White fungus appeared on the airframe in several places. XM170 was put into quarantine for many years, before being removed to RAF 9 SoTT Newton on 18/3/1965 for use as Ground Instructional Airframe 7877M.

Total flying time on this airframe: 14 minutes(!) - all of it during the aircraft's one and only flight from Samlesbury to Warton on 2/9/1960.

To fire dump at RAF Swinderby in December 1966, finally scrapped 1977

Sources:

www.ukserials.com/losses-1960.htm
www.forum.keypublishing.co.uk/archive/index.php?t-46442.html
http://www.macksaviation.com/LightningProduction.php?show=XM170 [photo of XM170 on the fire dump at Swinderby in 1973]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Feb-2012 20:56 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Feb-2012 22:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2012 16:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2012 16:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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