Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date29/03/1955
CasualtiesMr R.L. Jones DSO, Rolls Royce TP; Mr I.D. Davies, FTO; Mr W. Orr, FTO; Mr M. Costello, FTO, all of Rolls Royce
AircraftAvro Lancastrian C Mk 2 VL970
Took off fromHucknall, Notts
Purpose of flightFlying testbed for Avon engines in port and starboard outer positions
Incident locationHucknall, Notts
Incident detailsAttempted landing at Hucknall resulted in overshoot being initiated. Aircraft climbed away slowly, initiating a gentle turn to starboard which rapidly steepened before hitting ground, bursting into flames and cartwheeling


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