Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date26/09/1949
CasualtiesSqn Ldr P.G. Evans DFC, B Squadron A&AEE TP; Flt Lt I.P. Bishop DFC; Fg Off R. Hodge
AircraftHandley Page Hastings C Mk 1 TG499
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightThe Hastings was fitted with a very large under-fuselage cargo pannier (the 'Pantechnicon') and this was the first flight test of the device
Incident locationBeacon Hill, Wiltshire
Incident detailsAfter take-off, at 4,000ft the nose of the pannier collapsed inwards and the whole broke away from the aircraft, striking the starboard tailplane, half of which broke away. The aircraft crashed out of control


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