Saturday, 1 August 2009
DeHavilland Vampire FB5 VZ106
The main pile of the still-extensive wreckage from this early jet-powered Fighter/Bomber which crashed on the slopes of Fan Hir, in the Black Mountains in Wales in 1953.
The pilot apparently let down through thick cloud without getting a fix on his position or requesting a radar-controlled descent, resulting in his death.
The wreckage constituted a more or less complete aircraft until 1986, since when the usual suspects have taken it upon themselves to "recover" some of it.
Location: SN 82641 20037
(There are also some big chunks of wreckage in a nearby gully around SN 8258 1990)