Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

"...and everywhere the
blue sky belongs to them
and is their appointed rest
and their native country"
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Search 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000+

Date01/10/1940
CasualtiesMr R.O. Tipple, RAE Farnborough FTO
AircraftFairey Battle Mk I K9223
Took off fromExeter, Devon
Purpose of flightNew weapon tests in aircraft modified for balloon cable impact trials
Incident locationWembdon Hill, Bridgewater, Somerset
Incident detailsAnti-spin parachute accidentally deployed. Pilot baled out after FTO became trapped and unable to escape


Do you have a correction to make, or a link or image you'd like added to this page? Contact me if so. If you'd like to add a public comment you can do so below.