Image: MARK J. CAIRNS
Image: RAY BURROWS
History of the UAS’ Bulldog T.1 XX637
XX637 c/n BH120/307 first flew 23/09/1974 and delivered to Royal Navy EFTS Church Fenton 10/10/1974. Transferred to Northumbrian UAS RAF Leeming 21/11/1974, whilst carrying out aerobatics over Teesside Airport overstressed the airframe and roaded to RAF Shawbury for repairs.
After repair to Yorkshire UAS RAF Finningley 7/1991. 07/06/1993 retired to Instructional Airframe No 9197M at RAF St Athan and used as a travelling exhibit. In 1997 the aircraft was repainted as XX530 as a memorial to the crew killed whilst flying XX530.
In 2000 allocated to 2175 Sqn ATC Glasgow and in 2001 reallocated to 327 Sqn ATC Kilmarnock and in 2019 gifted to the UAS at MLK.
XX530 Scottish Aviation series 120 model 121 c/n BH120/216 operated by Royal Navy EFTS out of RAF Topcliffe suffered engine failure and unfortunately the area selected to land on was very soft peat moor and it would appear the main wheels sunk into the ground on touching down overturning and crushing the cockpit area killing the occupants.
This was the first fatal RAF Bulldog crash in over 150,000hrs of total flying. It was a Cat 5/FA and subsequently written off.