Bull­dog lacked spirit


Af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing some ar­eas of soft ground on Slin­fold’s run­way, the Scot­tish Avi­a­tion Bull­dog’s pi­lot de­cided to use a short-field take­off tech­nique, start­ing from a hard­stand­ing at the run­way’s end. The air­craft ac­cel­er­ated nor­mally un­til it passed over an area of soft ground, when ac­cel­er­a­tion slowed. At the cor­rect air­speed the pi­lot gen­tly ro­tated and the air­craft be­came air­borne, but shortly af­ter­wards there was a marked re­duc­tion in air­speed and the stall warn­ing sys­tem sounded. The air­craft de­scended slowly to about three feet above the run­way and struck a hedge at the end of the air­field, com­ing to rest up­right in a field be­yond with se­vere dam­age. The cause of the loss of air­speed could not be de­ter­mined.

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