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Date06/11/1942
CasualtiesMr V.G. Wilson, Fairey Aviation TP
AircraftFairey Barracuda Mk I P9661
Took off fromRingway, Manchester
Purpose of flightTest flight to assess aileron effectiveness necessitating dive at maximum speed of 315kt
Incident locationRingway, Manchester
Incident detailsOn pull-out at between 3,000ft and 2,000ft, parts of the structure detached and the aircraft progressively became uncontrollable, finally diving-in just outside the airfield


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