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.