Thunder & Lightnings

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Date22/06/1948
CasualtiesLt-Cdr T.J.A. King Joyce RN, C Squadron A&AEE TP
AircraftSupermarine Attacker TS413
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightMeasured take-off, stability, climb stalling speed and stick forces per g at 30,000ft trials with 270gal ventral tank fitted. Also investigation of Mach number effect at Mach 0.79 at 20,000ft
Incident locationDurrington, Amesbury, Wiltshire
Incident detailsAircraft crashed 57min after take-off probably owing to rudder overbalance with ventral tank fitted. The pilot had jettisoned the tank but the aircraft immediately bunted throwing the pilot against the canopy roof, which shattered


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