Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date09/10/1958
CasualtiesMr P.H. Durrant, English Electric FTO
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra PR Mk 9 XH129
Took off fromWarton, Lancashire
Purpose of flight5g manoeuvres at design IAS prior to delivery to A&AEE
Incident locationLiverpool Bay
Incident detailsDuring one high-g turn, aircraft rolled to starboard and entered steep spiral dive during which pilot ejected. There was no ejection seat in the nose position which the FTO occupied and he was unable to leave the aircraft


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