Oral history of British science
Higton, Dennis (Part 7 of 24). An Oral History of British Science.
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Interviewee’s home, Shrewton, Salisbury
Higton, Dennis, 1921-2012 (speaker, male)
Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)
Part 7: Comments on work at Farnborough in 1940s: high Mach number flight testing; practice of diving steeply from high altitude, close to design limit of aircraft, losses and damaged aircraft [refers to photograph of Spitfire missing propeller][03:40] Description of photograph of Spitfire damaged in testing. [05:25] Remarks on responsibility toward pilots; difference made by ejection seats; anecdote about having to change his boots to fly in a Phantom ejection seat; memory. [08:26] Remarks on: risks and responsibilities toward test pilots; work needing to be done; sharing responsibility with test pilots; socialising with test pilots. Comments on a flight testing Buccaneers in the Gulf of Mexico off an Aircraft Carrier, pilots including David Eagles, reference to John Charnley work on blind landing.
Interview with aeronautical engineer Dennis Higton.