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.
Aircraft Type and Background
Royal Navy (RN) Supermarine Scimitar F.1 / XD247 '194/R
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
Details are sketchy; but it is understood that the Scimitar experienced a mid-air explosion over Dingwall in north-east Scotland. The aircraft crashed a few miles NE of Dingwall, in the vicinity of Cullicudden.
The pilot ejected from his stricken aircraft. However, since the seat failed to separate, the pilot died of his subsequent injuries.
Aircraft Pilot Casualty
The airman who died in this accident was:
Registration or Serial: XD247 '194/R
Operator: RN (Royal Navy)
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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Scimitar XD247 '194/R
Cullicudden, Dingwall and Garve