Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date22/10/1963
CasualtiesLt Cdr Mike J. Lithgow OBE (Vickers-Armstrong deputy CTP), Capt Richard Rymer (Vickers-Armstrong TP), Mr Ben J. Prior (assistant chief aerodynamicist, Vickers-Armstrong), Mr C. J. Webb (assistant chief designer, Hunting Aircraft), Mr R. A. F. Wright (Vickers-Armstrong senior FTO), Mr G. R. Poulter (Vickers-Armstrong FTO), Mr D. J. Clark (Hunting Aircraft FTO).
AircraftBAC One-Eleven Series 200 G-ASHG
Took off fromWisley, Surrey
Purpose of flightStability and handling assessment on approach to the stall with rearward C of G
Incident locationNear Chicklade, Wiltshire
Incident detailsAircraft entered deep stall from which recovery proved impossible; the aircraft descended near-vertically but with wings level and nose high. On impact the crew were killed and the aircraft destroyed, burning until just the outer wings and tail remained.


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