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The Farnborough Air Show Tragedy on Film (1952) [Full resolution]

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Published on Jul 28, 2011

The Farnborough Air Show Tragedy on Film, 1952: Horrifying scenes took place in Hampshire after pilot John Derry, broke his DH. 110 through the sound barrier and flew low over the airfield in front of 120,000 spectators. However, a fault developed in the aircraft and to the horror of the crowd the plane disintegrated in front of them. Debris, including the jet engines, was catapulted towards picnicking families. The pilot, flight observer and 29 spectators were killed.

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