RAF
M.O.S
Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment (A & AEE)Boscombe Down

Gloster Javelin FAW.1

XA561

8th December 1955

Sqn. Ldr. A. David Dick

8 DECEMBER 1955 JAVELIN XA561

Sqn Ldr A.D.Dick (Graduate No. 12 Course), `A' Sqn, A&AEE. Spinning and manoeuvre boundary trial. During the manoeuvre boundary investigation in a left hand spiral turn at 180 knots at 39,OOOft and pulling 3G into the pre-stall buffet, the aircraft entered a stable flat spin with an unusually high rotational speed and would not recover even with the anti spin parachute streamed. The pilot successfully ejected over Rowborough Corner, Isle of Wight, from 8,OOOft and landed in marshland. Flt Lt J. M. Crowley airborne on an air test in Hunter F.6 XF833, intercepted the spinning Javelin and acted as an aerial observer for the whole event and directed the recovery of the pilot by helicopter. This accident led to the development of an artificial stall-warning device for the Javelin. (refs 2, 14, 180 & 251). 1 minor injuries. Cat 5.

 

extract courtesy Wg. Cmdr. Derek Collier Webb

Sqn. Ldr. A. David Dick
in 1975, then Commandant of the
Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment,
Boscombe Down

LINK courtesy of Frank Haslam, 207 Squadron Royal Air Force Association