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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211180
Last updated: 19 November 2021
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Type:Westland Whirlwind Mk I
Owner/operator:263 (Fellowship of the Bellows) Squadron Royal Air Force (263 (Fellowship of the Bellows) Sqn RAF)
Registration: P6966
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lanton Farm, Dunmore Moss, near Stenhousemuir, Stirlingshire, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Grangemouth
Destination airport:Raf Grangemouth
On takeoff a tyre burst and damaged the undercarriage when retraction was initiated. The pilot, P/O Irving Francis McDermott, baled out and landed safely, leaving the aircraft to crash on Lanton Farm land.

When the aircraft was dug by enthusiasts in October 1979 it was found that the reason for the burst tyre was that a Hurricane wheel had been fitted (the type was also on the strength of 263 Sqn) and this proved to be incompatible with the Whirlwinds' faster operating speed on the ground.


Westland Whirlwind Described (Bruce Robertson), Kookaburra Technical Publications 1965
Paul Doyle personal files

Revision history:

18-May-2018 13:44 paddy Added
21-May-2018 17:41 paddy Updated [Narrative]
12-Sep-2018 18:41 paddy Updated [Narrative]
23-Sep-2018 09:27 paddy Updated [Total occupants, Nature, Narrative]
13-Nov-2018 17:56 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
27-Nov-2019 11:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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