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CasualtiesMr A. Sutcliffe, Napier Engines TP
AircraftHawker Tempest F Mk 6 NX235
Took off fromLuton, Bedfordshire
Purpose of flightEndurance test of modified cooling system
Incident locationLuton, Bedfordshire
Incident detailsAt end of flight pilot was given ATC clearance to make a low pass across airfield. Pilot attempted slow roll at 150ft but nose dropped when inverted and starboard wing hit ground during attempt at recovery. Aircraft disintegrated

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