Thunder & Lightnings

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CasualtiesLt-Cdr J.R.S. Overbury, Hunting TP
AircraftHunting Jet Provost T Mk 2B G-AOUS
Took off fromLuton, Bedfordshire
Purpose of flightDiving trials
Incident locationLangford, Bedfordshire
Incident detailsAircraft was recovering from a dive to maximum design speed when the nosewheel descended, opening the wheel bay doors, which detached. This caused nose-up trim change and severe overstressing leading to the detachment of both wings and total break-up of aircraft structure

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