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Otterburn Starfighter D-8337
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Bucket'O'Junk



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:29 pm    Post subject: Otterburn Starfighter D-8337 Reply with quote

25 08 2008 A wreckology team from NEAM visited the crash sight of a RNAF Starfighter D-8337 and carried out an survey of the wreckage.
The Starfighter from 312Sqn was participating in exercise 'Mallet Blow' in 1983 when it crashed 3 miles West of Alwinton Northumberland.
The pilot,Lt Martin Sasbrink-Harkema  aged 26 was killed.




The Starfighter Tail still in situ after 25 years amongst bleak Otterburn
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Weather on the day was heavy rain high winds ,and area was heavily waterlogged much of time spent reaching into  dark pools of water for  aircraft parts.
Those there were Chris,Jim,Jim John and Paul.
Visit requires MOD clearance and permission from local farmer.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been wondering where the impact site was for years - "Dykeman's Edge" was given as the location but I've never been able to find that on an OS Map.

We at Air North would be interested in publishing a short article and photos about the crash site and the remains if you're interested in writing one - let me know by PM if you're up for it.

Graeme
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't mind a trip up there as well. I didn't realize there was so much left behind from this tragic incident.

I added a small story on this on the NEAM website - http://www.neam.org.uk/BackInTime/1980s/D8337.htm

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Dave
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

I came across this forum while searching the internet.  My father was the pilot of this aircraft, Martin Sasbrink-Harkema. He passed away when I was 3 years old.  I was unaware that wreckage from the accident still existed at the site.  I wonder how I would be able to visit the site?

Ash
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ash,

I have found the link which I hope may be of assistance? This will provide you with contact addresses and telephone numbers for the range. I am sure members of staff will be only too willing to assist.

http://www.otterburnranges.co.uk/

Regards - Ron.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As would all at NEAM
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies.  I may try and visit in the summer of 2009.   I live in Canada so it will take some planning.  

How is it that the wreckage still remains at otterburn? Would they not have tried to remove it?
I noticed what looks like a boot in one of the pictures, is that still there?
Would there be any way of getting a copy of those pictures?
Ash
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ash

The wreckage is quite inaccessible to any equipment that could remove it safely as it rests upon a marsh also the area is a live military firing range again with access issues.


The boot  seen on the survey photo was found at the site, recorded and remains in situ in keeping with rules governing sites such as this.

I will PM you on location to download pictures.

Paul
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I visited this site with ACIA and we had a much sunnier day, amazing how the paintwork remains intact.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 3:01 pm    Post subject: Starfighter Reply with quote

It was horrible day when we visited Typical Summer day at 'Hotterburn' Shocked


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