Incident Hawk T.1 XX344,
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Date:Thursday 7 January 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAWK model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawk T.1
Owner/operator:RAE Bedford
Registration: XX344
MSN: 193/312168
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAE Bedford, Thurleigh, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Thurleigh, Bedford (EGSV)
Destination airport:Thurleigh, Bedford (EGSV)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The Hawk was about to land when, at 20 feet over the threshold, the airplane rolled progressively to the the right. At a bank angle of 90 degrees the pilot ejected. The navigator didn't. The airplane struck the runway, rolled on its back and slid.

It appeared that the Hawk had entered a wing tip vortex of a landing Bristol Britannia plane landing 9000 feet and 45 seconds ahead.

Pilot later named as Flt. Lt. Peter Bennett. The flight test observer in the rear cockpit stayed with the aircraft: It hit the runway inverted and slid for 1,200 feet with the flight test observers bonedome rubbing on the asphalt. His bonedome was so worn away as a result that there was only the inner fabric between his head and the runway left!

The fuselage of the wrecked XX344 went on the dump at RAF Abingdon by 1984 (see below); the wings were sent to BAe Dunsfold for stress testing


1. Aviation News Vol. 12 Nr. 25


Wreckage of Hawk T.1 XX344 at RAF Abingdon in May 1991

Revision history:

15-Sep-2009 11:02 harro Updated
13-Aug-2011 00:35 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
02-Jun-2013 04:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Nov-2014 23:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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