S.A. Bulldog XX662

Radernie by St Andrews, Fife













Aircraft Type Photo



A pre-crash photo of SA Bulldog XX662 can be seen at this website.



BELOW: Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 XX616 of Manchester University Air Squadron at RAF Woodvale.


a scottish aviation bulldog trainer attached to manchester university air squadron


Photo: 1983 RuthAS


This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license [Wikipedia].






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF (UAS) Scottish Aviation B.125 Bulldog T.1  / XX662



The Scottish Aviation B.125 Bulldog was a two (or three) seat training aircraft, designed originally by Beagle Aircraft.


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 XX662, which was attached to Aberdeen University Air Squadron, departed from RAF Leuchars on a flight for high rotational spinning practice. The instructor and pupil completed a number of spins successfully.


Later in the exercise, however, the normal spin characteristics changed making it impossible to recover the aircraft from the spin. At this point, the instructor ordered the pupil to abandon the aircraft; after which the instructor himself exited the Bulldog. Both men parachuted to safety, although the instuctor sustained minor facial injuries.


The aircraft continued in a spiral descent until it hit the ground not far from the primary school at Radernie by St Andrews in Fife.



See full MOD Aircraft Accident Summary at this website.






Aircraft Pilot / Pupil Survivors


Both occupants of the Bulldog survived by abandoning the aircraft before it crashed. However, their names are not known.





Crash Site Photos


There are no crash site photos for this aircraft. However, a photo of the Bulldog fuselage after it was recovered can be seen below.



BELOW: RAF (UAS) Scottish Aviation Bulldog XX662 which crashed near the school in Radernie by St Andrews in Fife.


(This photo was taken at BAe Prestwick on 15 March 1986.)


Scottish Aviation Bulldog XX662 recovered fuselage.


Photo: © 1986-2015 Andrew Denholm, Wildmuir.co.uk







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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 20 Feb 1982


Accident Site:

Radernie Primary School (fields in vicinity of)


Region: Fife


Nearest towns or villages:

St Andrews (NE) or Leven (SW)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Refs: N/A


Present Wreckage Status: Recovered from crash site and stored later at BAe Prestwick (1986). Present location unknown.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: XX662


Operator: RAF (East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron (ESUAS) / Aberdeen University)


Operating Station: RAF Leuchars.


Station Location: Leuchars by St Andrews. Fife. 


Current Station Status: Operational Military Air Base (RAF). Reserve and Training squadrons only. All active squadrons relocated to RAF Lossiemouth or elsewhere.




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