Thunder & Lightnings

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Date19/02/1963
CasualtiesMr G.R.I. "Sailor" Parker (Hawker Siddeley/Blackburn TP), Mr Gordon R. Copeman (Hawker Siddeley/Blackburn FTO)
AircraftBlackburn Buccaneer S Mk 1 XN952
Took off fromHolme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire
Purpose of flightLABS manoeuvre over airfield
Incident locationHolme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire
Incident detailsAircraft suffered roll-inertia coupling when rolling off the top of the half-loop during a LABS (bomb toss) manoeuvre over the airfield. The aircraft went into an upright spin and crashed approximately 40 yards from the control tower. Gordon Copeman ejected at about 300 feet and fell onto the wreckage. Sailor ejected as the aircraft hit the ground. Both were killed. Following this incident, rolling out from LABS manoeuvres was limited to half stick.


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