Aircraft Type and Background
RAF (UAS) Scottish Aviation B.125 Bulldog T.1 / XX557
When Beagle Aircraft ceased production, the Bulldog was taken over by Scottish Aviation who built aircraft at their Prestwick Airport manufacturing plant. Latterly, Scottish Aviation was taken over by BAe.
A number of Bulldog trainers were produced for the Swedish and other Air Forces. Others were ordered by the RAF for use with the University Air Squadrons (UAS).
The Bulldog was equipped with one Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 opposed piston engine, 200 hp (149 kW). It had a maximum speed of 130 knots (150 mph, 241 km/h) at sea level, and a service ceiling of 16,000 ft (4,875 m). [Wikipedia]
Aircraft Accident Details
RAF SA Bulldog XX557, which was attached to Glasgow University Air Squadron (UAS), departed from Prestwick Airport on a flight that took it over central Scotland.
However, during the course of the flight, the aircraft struck trees and was forced to land in a nearby field in the Callander area.
Aircraft Pilot / Pupil Survivors
Both occupants of the Bulldog survived this landing. However, their names are not known.
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: RAF (UAS) Scottish Aviation Bulldog XX557 crash-landed in a field between Drymen and Callander, Stirling.
Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel
BELOW: Front view of the RAF (UAS) Bulldog trainer.
Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 12 Sep 1975
Callander (vicinity of)
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Nearest large town: Stirling (SE)
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Present Condition: Recovered from crash site. Cockpit later used for static training at Turnhouse. Later still, the cockpit was transferred to Paull Royal Armoury, Yorkshire.
Registration or Serial: XX557
Operator: RAF (UAS / University Air Squadrons) 1
( 1 See also UGSAS: Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron.)
Departure Airport: Prestwick.
Destination Airport (Intended): Unknown.
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S.A. Bulldog XX557