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Test Flying Memorial

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Date18/04/1966
CasualtiesMr A. Brandon, TP; Mr A. Chalke, FTO
Aircraftde Havilland Vampire T Mk 55 5C-YA
Took off fromChester
Purpose of flightPost major servicing test flight following wheels-up landing in Austria
Incident locationLlanarmom Dyffryn Ceirog, Denbighshire
Incident detailsAfter take-off the aircraft suffered a total electrical failure owing to the generator drive having failed. The pitot heater would have decayed, giving spurious information from all electrical and pressure instruments. Control was lost and the aircraft struck a mountain


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