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de Havilland DH. 110 WG240 2nd prototype

de Havilland DH.110 WG240 2nd prototype at the 1952 SBAC Farnborough air-show, (1-7 September). WG 240 was flown by test pilot John Derry in the air display from 1-5 September, but went U-S on the morning of the 6 September. Derry and Flight Test Observer Anthony Richards rushed to Hatfield to pick-up the first prototype WG236. to replace WG240 in the display. Unknown to anybody a modification to remove the wing fences from the outer wing leading edges left the wings decidedly under strength, due to a design fault. Derry and Richards carried out the same display they had already done with WG240, but the wings failed and the aircraft broke up. The engines fell amongst the crowd and 29 spectators were killed as well as Derry and Richards. Date: 1952

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1952 Air Show Anthony Broke Carried Derry Edges Engines Failed Farnborough Fault Fell Fences Flown Hatfield Havilland Killed Leading Modification Morning Observer Outer Pilot Prototype Remove Replace Richards Rushed Sbac Spectators Strength Test Unknown Wg240 Wing Wings


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