Graham Coton (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
16" x 21" (400mm x 540mm)Date:
1979This is the original Gouache painting by Graham Coton.
The DH 110 plane, involved in one of the most spectacular and hair-raising disasters of all time, later found its way into service as a carrier-borne strike aircraft. The 1952 Farnborough DH 110 crash was an air show accident that killed 29 spectators, the pilot (John Derry) and the onboard flight test observer (Anthony Richards) when during a manoeuvre, the aircraft broke up due to a faulty wing leading edge design.
The DH 110 was grounded and strict safety procedures were subsequently enacted (no member of the public has been killed at a British air show since). The accident report of 8 April 1953 stated that the manoeuvring had caused an airframe instability due to a faulty D-nose leading edge arrangement (which had successfully been used in the lighter subsonic de Havilland Vampire). The redesigned DH 110 resumed flights in June 1953 and was eventually developed into the successful de Havilland Sea Vixen naval fighter.
This is the original artwork for illustration on p7 of Look and Learn issue no 934 (15 December 1979).
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