Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date06/05/1949
CasualtiesMr J.A.C. Northway, TP; Mr J.M. Radcliffe, head of flight development; Mr R.M. Pollard, FTO engines; Mr E.J.N. Archbold, FTO; Mr R.H. Daniels, FTO; Mr C.W.E. Flook, FTO; Mr J.L. Gundry, FTO
AircraftBristol 170 Mark 21 G-AIFF
Took off fromFilton, Gloucestershire
Purpose of flightCA release trials
Incident locationEnglish Channel 30 miles south of Portland Bill
Incident detailsFin failed owing to rudder lock in an extreme yaw condition during single-engined flight test


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