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Royal  Air Force 26 Sqn. of 2 T.A.F

Sabre 4

XB839/X

10th February 1955

 

           via Photos by kind permission of David Rickwood


Flg. Off. Frank Horace Rickwood

 

RAF Canadair Sabre F-4 XB839/X of 26 Sqn. of 2 T.A.F dived into the ground from low level eight miles from Oldenberg, West Germany after take off.

The pilot,  Flg. Off. F. H. Rickwood ejected at 1,000 ft approx., 350 kts , aircraft climbing loss of control.

The seat/canopy function was unsatisfactory, the seat harness unfastened and the pilot was dragged back along the aircraft, struck the tail and was killed.

 

10th February 1955
RAF
Sabre F4 XB839/X 26 Sqn Dived into the ground from low level eight miles from
Oldenberg, West Germany after take off
Flg. Off. F. H. Rickwood pilot ejected but was dragged back along the aircraft,
struck the tail and was killed
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