Aircraft Type and Background
RAF (UAS) Scottish Aviation B.125 Bulldog T.1 / XX662
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.)
Photo: © 1986-2015 Andrew Denholm, Wildmuir.co.uk
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 20 Feb 1982
Radernie Primary School (fields in vicinity of)
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.
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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S.A. Bulldog XX662
Radernie by St Andrews, Fife