Lockheed T-33 Silver Star Mk 3, G-TBRD, 6 September 2006

Lockheed T-33 Silver Star Mk 3, G-TBRD


The aircraft was the lead of a pair of ex-military jet aircraft which were carrying out a stream takeoff. After it rotated, G-TBRD adopted a steep nose-up attitude; it remained airborne for approximately 200 m before stalling and crashing. The Aircraft Operating Instructions and Training Manual advocated a lower pitch attitude and warned that excessive pitch rotation is hazardous. Following the accident, the operator decided to use only pilots with a military background to operate their remaining F86 Sabre, and an experienced Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) in the Royal Air Force, who was current on jet aircraft, was appointed as the operator’s QFI. The operator also instigated a stricter regime of supervision for pilots who had been engaged on other flying duties prior to operating the F86.

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Published 10 December 2014