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  • ian_
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2007
    • 1962

    Lightning XG332 Crash escape photo

    Front room decoration is continuing apace. Battle of Britain stamp prints now on the wall. I'd like to get a fancy stretched canvas print of the attached photo but only have a low res copy of it in a book. There are photo prints out there, I failed to buy one on ebay a few years ago. Would anyone have one to sell, scan photograph etc. Also, which issue of the splendid Flypast magazine had a feature on the accident? Any help much appreciated. Thanks, Ian.
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  • wieesso
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2006
    • 1862

    #2
    slightly better quality
    http://www.rafjever.org/pictures-118/118sqnpic205.jpg

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    • sagindragin
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jun 2003
      • 343

      #3
      God am i old,

      i remember this when it happened
      sagindragin
      JMSmith
      sigpic

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      • ian_
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • May 2007
        • 1962

        #4
        Thanks wieeso, that's got lots more detail but I'm hoping to enlarge it to a couple of feet so still looking for an original!

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        • pagen01
          St Mawganphile
          • Aug 2007
          • 10711

          #5
          That is still a powerful photograph, can anyone remind me (or us) the exact circumstances surrounding the accident?
          http://www.abpic.co.uk/search.php?q=...t=most_popular

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          • David Legg
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2007
            • 253

            #6
            I have a hard copy of this photo on my study wall inscribed To David - happy landings from Jim Meads. Jim Meads was the photographer and I recall him telling me that he was in the field taking a photograph of a relative of his who was driving the tractor when the Lightning appeared in the backgroud - and the rest is history! I first recall seeing the photo in an issue of the childrens educational 'comic' Look and Learn in the sixties.

            At the time of the crash (13/9/1962) near Hatfield, it was being flown by George Aird on Red Top trials. He sustained injuries when he landed (I think) amongst greenhouses on a nursery.
            David Legg
            Editor: The Catalina News, The Catalina Society

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            • ian_
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • May 2007
              • 1962

              #7
              "George Aird, DeHavilland test pilot ejects from Lightning PB1 XG332 on 13th September1962." carrying out demonstration flight when there was a fire in the aircraft's reheat zone. This weakened the tailplane control system which failed with the aircraft at 100ft on final approach. Fortunately the nose pitched up, giving Aird time to eject. He came down through a greenhouse roof, breaking both legs and right thigh. He recovered to resume his flying career. I believe the photograph was for a farming magazine, with only the tractor planned to be in shot!

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              • ian_
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • May 2007
                • 1962

                #8
                You beat me to it David! I don't suppose you have a good quality scanner in that study, or a digital camera?

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                • pagen01
                  St Mawganphile
                  • Aug 2007
                  • 10711

                  #9
                  Yes you can make out what appear to be the greenhouses in the background, it also looks to have been a very low ejection, he must have been lucky to have ressumed his flying career after that.
                  http://www.abpic.co.uk/search.php?q=...t=most_popular

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                  • scotavia
                    scotavia
                    • Nov 2005
                    • 2832

                    #10
                    From web searching Jim Meads is a specialist countryside photographer and has several books credited. I would suggest contacting him direct for a print which keeps the copyright side of the business happy and ensures you get a really good print,however as a disclaimer he might not be the same Jim Meades who gave the photo to the board of inquiry.

                    http://www.yell.com/b/Jim+Meads-Phot...328/index.html

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                    • ian_
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • May 2007
                      • 1962

                      #11
                      Thanks for the advice Scotavia, i wasn't planning to sell it but a copy is a copy. The credit in the book (Crash, by Andrew Brookes) is to Syndication International but I'll try your link first.

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                      • 91Regal
                        dastardly, dangerous
                        • Oct 2005
                        • 765

                        #12
                        I believe the same greenhouses also welcomed a Buccaneer after a none-too-successful rotation one day - without injuries, I think. The Bucc was dragged back into a hanger on the airfield, where it nauseated everybody with the stench of crushed and rotting tomato. It was dragged outside after a day or two and given a thorough hosing down
                        plain old vanilla

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                        • ian_
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • May 2007
                          • 1962

                          #13
                          The internet is an astonishing thing, It is the right Jim, just spoken to his wife and he's currently away but she knows the photo well. Thanks again Scotavia. As an aside, I don't suppose you' come across the photos of PT766? All the best, Ian

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                          • ...starfire
                            this space for rent
                            • Jun 2004
                            • 462

                            #14
                            1st Thread from 2003
                            Cheers
                            ...chris

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                            • Anon
                              Mike Davey
                              • Jan 2008
                              • 2870

                              #15
                              Crash photo

                              I have always been amazed at this photo - talk about being in the right place at the right time!

                              The composition is perfect; the angles, the foreground subject and the tractor's occupant being aware of what is happening. Even his pose is perfect.

                              Of course, it begs the thought; what if the jet had come down near, or on top of, the tractor?

                              A happy, though somewhat uncomfortable, ending for the pilot and all else concerned, and one of the most remarkable aviation-related photographs of the century, in my view. An excellent choice for your front room wall Ian!

                              Anon.
                              Last edited by Anon; 7th February 2010, 17:52.

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                              • ian_
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • May 2007
                                • 1962

                                #16
                                And just the thing for my front room wall, hence the question! Thanks for all the replies everyone. Back to the decorating...

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                                • adrian_gray
                                  Which idiot let HIM in?
                                  • Jan 2000
                                  • 3013

                                  #17
                                  Somewhat random question - is that a DH company badge on the tractor's grille? It certainly seems to read D H and then something I can't quite make out - did they have special badging for company vehicles? It's certainly not a Fordson badge as that is visible above the grille!

                                  Adrian
                                  "Snow clearing equipment has been found under snowdrift" - message sent from RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1944.

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                                  • Canberra Geoff
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • May 2009
                                    • 35

                                    #18
                                    Well spotted!The badge reads DH GOBLIN.I had one in my collection for a while.Pesumably the proximity of the airfield made the badge easily obtainable.Either that or Henry Ford had started experimenting with jet propulsion for his tractors-the paint job on the plough wouldnt last long though.

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                                    • adrian_gray
                                      Which idiot let HIM in?
                                      • Jan 2000
                                      • 3013

                                      #19
                                      Although had the tractor been petrol-paraffin, rather than diesel, they'd have run happily on much the same stuff...

                                      Cheers for that - nice touch of irony on someone's part.

                                      Adrian
                                      "Snow clearing equipment has been found under snowdrift" - message sent from RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1944.

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                                      • Red Hunter
                                        Rank 2 Registered User
                                        • Jan 2010
                                        • 1744

                                        #20
                                        Incredible. Go to the Key Forums and you are sure to find memories jolted. I recall this incident so clearly and always had the thought that just tens of feet lower and he would not have been so incredibly lucky to escape with serious but not terminal injuries. I didn't know he had resumed his flying career.

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