Sorry - this is a cut & paste from another thread to which I've contributed. Probably because of its title, it did not receive a response to the question. So I hope that you'll all forgive me for re-instating it under this new banner. The original post was:
In 'Miles Aircraft since 1925' Don Brown recounts the tale as follows:
"The end of the Satyr was unusual and dramatic. One day in September 1936 Mrs Victor Bruce was approaching to land in a small field and, at the last moment, when it was too late to take evasive action, she noticed a large mass of telephone wires dead ahead, so close that there was no time either to climb or dive under them. Thinking what bad luck it would be on all the people whose telephones would be disconnected, she sailed on gaily into the wires expecting to go straight through them. However, she had overlooked the number of wires and the low momentum of the little Satyr. Instead of passing through the wires and landing in the field, the wires stretched but did not break. In a matter of seconds the Satyr was stopped dead in the air and then catapulted backwards into the field over which it had just flown. It was all over in a flash. Mrs Victor Bruce was unhurt but it was the end of the Satyr. This must be one of the few instances in which an aeroplane has landed backwards, although not very successfully."
and subsequent to this was:
I've just finished reading the autobiography of the Hon. Mrs Victor Bruce ('Nine Lives Plus') which, unsurprisingly, deals with the demise of the Satyr - or was it? Both Don Brown ('Miles Aircraft since 1925') and A.J.Jackson ('British Civil Aircraft 1919-72') suggest that the Satyr was destroyed when Mrs Bruce crashed it in August or September 1936. However Mrs Bruce suggests otherwise. In her autobiography, of the circumstances of the crash ("on the green outside Stafford") she says:
"Suddenly there was an almighty crash. I thought that I had hit one of the houses, because the noise was terrific. Then I realised that I had flown into the telephone wires. The Satyr and I must have remained hanging inthe wires for at least half a minute. Then the wires gave way and we fell fifteen feet to the ground with a bang".
She goes on to say that:
"The Satyr, of course, was badly damaged.............."
"While the Satyr was being repaired I hired a Gipsy Moth to take its place in the show..........".
So did the Satyr survive the crash; and was it repaired; and, if so, what was its ultimate fate? Any suggestions, anyone?