Sabre

Sabre

The Korean War era A94-962 Sabre fighter aircraft, piloted by Pilot Officer (now Air Commodore) David Pietsch, whilst on a two-ship navigation exercise hit two out of the three wires at 420 knots over a ridge near Binna Burra Lodge to the south of the Amberley.

He survived the incident and the engine held out for the 20 minutes it took to nurse the aircraft back to Amberley.

More pieces of the puzzle were supplied by the operator of the Binna Burra Lodge when he rang the base in an unhappy state to ask about the sudden loss of his power supply.

The scars of the damage caused by the incident are still clearly visible on the windshield, air intake and the tail. The structural damage meant that the aircraft would never fly again.

Pietsch Helmet Web
Sabre Crack Web
Sabre Crash Story

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