Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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CasualtiesLt Cdr Ozzie Brown RN (C Squadron A&AEE TP), Mr Terry D. Dunn (HSA/Blackburn FTO)
AircraftBlackburn Buccaneer S Mk 1 XK529
Took off fromHMS Hermes in Lyme Bay, Dorset
Purpose of flightThe aircraft was deliberately over-trimmed for a series of catapult trials to determine hands-off launch techniques
Incident locationLyme Bay, Dorset
Incident detailsAfter launch the aircraft suffered partial boundary layer control blowing failure, pitched up, stalled, fell into the sea and sank nose-down almost immediately

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