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Date25/05/1946
CasualtiesSqn Ldr E.B. Gale AFC RCAF, Aero Flight RAE Farnborough TP
AircraftNorth American Mustang Mk III KH505
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightDives from 40,000ft at not more than 450 m.p.h. to provide data for research into behaviour of various wing sections at close to the speed of sound
Incident locationBroxbourne, Hertfordshire
Incident detailsAircraft was seen diving vertically at extremely high speed before impacting a crop field. Most of the wreckage was so deeply embedded as to be irrecoverable


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