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Date10/11/1953
CasualtiesSqn Ldr N.E.D. Lewis, A Squadron A&AEE TP
AircraftSupermarine Swift Mk 1 WJ965
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightLow-speed handling trials at 18,000ft
Incident locationBreamore Down, Hampshire
Incident detailsAfter a second stall with flaps and undercarriage down, aircraft was seen to enter a right-hand spin at 3,000ft/5,000ft from which it did not recover. An anti-spin parachute was not fitted


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