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,