Scimitar XD281

Ben Vorlich, Loch Earn, Callander













Aircraft Type Photo


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BELOW: RN Supermarine Scimitar F.1's from 736 Naval Air Squadron, Lossiemouth, taking off at the SBAC show, Farnborough in 1962.


Royal Navy Supermarine Scimitars taking off in 1962


Photo: TSRL,1962


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Aircraft Type and Background


Royal Navy (RN) Supermarine Scimitar F.1  /  XD281 '190/11'



First introduced in 1957, the Supermarine Scimitar was a swept-wing fighter aircraft designed for use by the Royal Navy on aircraft carriers. The Scimitar was fitted with two Rolls-Royce Avon 202 turbojet engines.


The Scimitar was a multi-role aircraft, capable of high altitude interception and low-level attacks, using air-to-air or air-to-ground missiles. It was also equipped to carry nuclear armaments.


The Scimitar entered service at RNAS (Royal Naval Air Station) Lossiemouth (HMS Fulmar) in 1958 with 803 Naval Air Squadron. (The aircraft featured on this page was being flown by 807 Naval Air Squadron.)


The Scimitar type remained in service with the Royal Navy for just over a decade.






Aircraft Accident Details


This RN Scimitar jet experienced a double hydraulic failure while flying over Scotland. Consequently, the pilot was unable to control the aircraft. When he realised that the aircraft was going to crash, the pilot ejected at about 20,000ft., descending safely onto Beinn Bhreac 1 (2,254 ft).


Meanwhile, the pilotless Scimitar continued for some distance before finally crashing in the vicinity of Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) (Perth and Kinross).


Once safely landed on the snow-covered slopes of  Beinn Bhreac, the pilot set out to seek help. However, it took him more than a day to walk across the hills and moors. Apparently, he had sheltered in a hut or bothy for a while before completing his journey. Finally, however, the pilot arrived at a farmhouse near the village of Callander (formerly in Perthshire, but now in Stirling Region).



Footnote 1:


It is uncertain which Beinn Bhreac is being referred to here. There are at least three of this name within a 10 mile radius of Ben Vorlich. These are:

  1.  Beinn Bhreac just E of Loch Lubnaig, and which lies SW of Ben Vorlich.
  2.  Beinn Bhreac just N of Loch Katrine.
  3.  Beinn Bhreac just S of Loch Katrine, and W of Beinn Venue.

The pilot could have made his way to Callander from any of these locations.



(Incidentally, there are mountains called Beinn Bhreac in a number of other places throughout Scotland!)







Aircraft Pilot Survivor


The pilot who survived this incident was:

(Photo of injured pilot included at above link)





Crash Site Photos



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Crash Date / Site


Accident Date: 10 Nov 1959


Accident Site:

Ben Vorlich (985m)(Loch Earn) / Stuc a' Chroin (975m)(vicinity of)


Region: Perth and Kinross


Nearest towns or villages:

Callander (S) or Comrie (NE)


Nearest large town: Stirling (SE)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Refs: N/A


Present Condition: Wreckage status unknown.




Aircraft Details


Registration or Serial: XD281 '190/11'


Operator: RN (Royal Navy) (807 Naval Air Squadron)


Operating Station: RNAS (Royal Naval Air Station) Lossiemouth (HMS Fulmar) [aerial view map]


Station Location: Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland.


Current Station Status: Operational military air station.

Returned by Fleet Air Arm to RAF in 1972.


(Under recent government proposals (2011), RAF Lossiemouth will be the only remaining operational air station in Scotland.)



Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields




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