BY MICK BOULANGER, BOB DUNN &
XP635 JET PROVOST T4 18/04/1963
The words below were sent to me by Brian Shadbolt, the pilot of the above aircraft.
The sortie was Dave Gladwin's first conversion flight onto the Mk4. We were
doing medium level aeros at about 18,000ft when the fire warning went off as we were inverted at the top of a roll off the top. Fire drill didn't work so we eventually left at about 14,500ft. We were
over a completely uninhabited part of the Cheviots but after the empty aircraft made a couple of fairly close passes, so that I could see it wasn't burning, it crashed close to a friends farmhouse.
Hit a dry stone wall, there was a huge cloud of fuel which still wouldn't burn! There was another false warning in the next day or so of a CFS JP at low level over Keevil, he jumped out. About a week
or so later I think it was a Syerston JP had a warning during a stall recovery. They just had time to think it was probably false when there was a loud bang and bits of engine departed the