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Test Flying Memorial

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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

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