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Test Flying Memorial

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Date30/09/1949
CasualtiesSqn Ldr S.E. Esler DFC, Avro deputy CTP
AircraftAvro 707A VX784
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightEarly test flights resulted in adjustments to all control surfaces, the operation of which was judged too heavy. This flight was to clear the alterations made and the pilot was advised to avoid the stall since no anti-spin parachute was fitted
Incident locationBlackbushe, Hampshire
Incident detailsThe aircraft was stalled inadvertently and crashed


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