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Date14/09/1948
CasualtiesSqn Ldr R.W. Whittome OBE DFC, Aero Flight RAE Farnborough TP
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire HFIX NH236
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightDetermining propeller performance at high Mach numbers
Incident locationWoking, Surrey
Incident detailsPilot suffered a paradoxical reaction to hypoxia during an out-of-trim high-speed dive. Aircraft was severely overstressed before impacting ground


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