[9] In order that the Hastings could carry loads too large for its interior, such as Jeeps and some artillery pieces, strong fixture points are present on the underside of the fuselage for the fitting of an under-fuselage carrier platform. The aircraft crashed on final approach to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport located in … [2] The aircraft's fuel tanks are located just inboard of the inner engine nacelles; retractable ejector pipes were present within the wing, which were used for jettisoning fuel when such action would be required by an emergency situation. The high wing, four engine general purpose aircraft was built to meet Operational Requirement (OR) 323 issued in 1955 for a medium-range lift aircraft capable of carrying 25,000 lb with a range of 2,000 mies (carrying 10,000 lb). [9] These engines were installed upon the leading edge of the wing via interchangeable power-eggs; the air intakes and thermostatically-controlled oil coolers were also present within the wing. Marines Believed Bound for Viet Nam. [12], A total of one hundred Hastings C1 and 41 Hastings C2 were procured for service with RAF Transport Command, who commonly deployed the type upon its long-range routes, as well as some use as a tactical transport until well after the arrival of the faster turboprop-powered Bristol Britannia during 1959. 47 Squadron rapidly replaced its fleet of Halifax A Mk 9s with the Hastings; the squadron conducted its first sortie using the type to Berlin on 11 November 1948. Ware said: "I found wreckage scattered all over the place. It had a retractable undercarriage and tailwheel. Initially, development of the Hermes prototypes had been assigned a higher priority over the Hastings, but that programme was placed on hold after the prototype crashed during its first flight on 2 December 1945; thus Handley Page opted to concentrate its resources on completing the military Hastings variant. [15], Hastings continued to provide transport support to British military operations around the globe through the 1950s and 1960s, including dropping supplies to troops opposing Indonesian forces in Malaysia during the Indonesian Confrontation. Four Hastings are preserved in the UK and Germany: Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1951–52,[38] Flight International[39], British troop-carrier and freight transport aircraft designed and built by the Handley Page Aircraft Company for the Royal Air Force, Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, "Individual History: Handley Page Hastings T.5 TG511/8554M, Museum Accession Number 85/A/09. My cousin who was flyng Vampires in that area and he told me that his brother died in that crash when a wing snapped whilst transpporting army personnel back to the Uk for leave. The type was rushed into service so that it could participate in the Berlin Airlift; reportedly, the fleet of 32 Hastings to be deployed during the RAF operation delivered a combined total of 55,000 tons (49,900 tonnes) of supplies to the city. "[3], A search for survivors was hampered by a tall crop of barley. The service flew the type until it was replaced by American-built Lockheed C-130 Hercules during 1965. The Pan Am DC-7C in the background shows international airline flights were still using Whenuapai. 36 Squadron Royal Air Force, registration TG577, crashed into a field in Little Baldon, near Chiselhampton, Oxfordshire, shortly after taking off from RAF Abingdon. Early on, development of a civil-oriented derivative had been prioritised by the company, but this direction was reversed following an accident. The crew was uninjured. 1966. The Hermes prototypes were given priority over the Hastings but the program was put on hold after the prototype crashed on its first flight on 2 December 1945 and the company concentrated on the military Hastings variant. It had all-metal tapering wings with dihedral, which had been designed for the abandoned HP.66 bomber development of the existing Handley Page Halifax; these wings were mated to a circular fuselage, which was suitable for pressurisation up to 5.5 psi (38 kPa). The first of two Hastings prototype (TE580) flew at RAF Wittering on 7 May 1946. [4] The Secretary of State for Defence, Denis Healey, expressed deep sympathy on behalf of the House of Commons. Administrator . The crew was engaged in a local training flight at RAF Colerne and was completing touch-and-go manoeuvres. [2] It was furnished with several modern features, such as a Messier-built fully retractable undercarriage, which was operated hydraulically, and unprecedented stowage space for an RAF transport aircraft. [16] During early 1968, the Hastings was withdrawn from RAF Transport Command, by which point it has been replaced by the American-built Lockheed Hercules and British-built Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy, both being newer turboprop-powered transports. © 2009-2020 Lee C. Baker / Crosswind Software, LLC. During the night, rebels sabotaged the runway with concrete and steel projectiles. 07, 1965 - 41 DIED IN SKYMEN'S PLANE CRASH. ", The history of all the Handley Page Hastings Serial Numbers, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Handley_Page_Hastings&oldid=992606854, 1940s British military transport aircraft, Articles with unsourced statements from June 2019, Aircraft specs templates using more performance parameter, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. It was just hopeless. On 16 January 1965, a U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker crashed in the central United States, in a neighborhood in Wichita, Kansas, near McConnell Air Force Base. 11 February 1966 - XH536 Avro Vulcan B2 from Cottesmore crashed during low level exercises in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, all 5 crew killed. 36 Squadron Hastings grounded after fatal crash of TG577 on 6 July 1965. I saw many bodies, and a helmet like the ones used by paratroops coloured bright red. The aircraft was performing a flight from Freetown-Lungi Airport to Hastings, southeast of the capital city.