As part of the crew preparing to fly the aircraft back to London from Rome on 1st October, 1970, upon commencing their take-off run the number 1 engine suddenly exploded causing them to abandon take-off immediately.
Upon inspection, they found that all but the outer casing of the engine had disintegrated, spreading fragments of metal all over the runway and even penetrating one of the rear toilets on board the aircraft.
This is a fascinating moment in our aircraft’s life that has been captured as part of its story, and will be preserved in the displays on board the aircraft once it is open to the public. We thank John for sending this in, along with his flight logs.
As an update to our fundraising, we’ve now reached £875 of our £3,000 target. Please keep the donations coming if you can so that we can carry out important work towards the restoration this year. Thank you to everyone who has been sending in contributions.