Thunder & Lightnings

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Date27/08/1952
CasualtiesLt A.E. Facer RN, Naval Aviation Flight RAE TP
Aircraftde Havilland Sea Venom NF Mk 20 WK376
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightFollowing three catapult launches, pilot received permission for low pass over airfield
Incident locationFrimley Green, Hampshire
Incident detailsDuring this pass the manually-operated elevator trim tab detached, followed by the spring tab and then one of the rudders. The aircraft dived steeply to the ground


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