A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Hawker Hurricane was seconds away from a head-on mid-air collision, the latest report from the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has revealed.
The incident took place at 1635hrs on June 26, 2022, between the warbird and a Piper PA-28 Cherokee 3nm northwest of Liss in Hampshire. The Hurricane was flying on a south-easterly track at 2,000ft, while the PA-28 was heading in the opposite direction at 1,900ft. The flying conditions at the time were described by the Hurricane pilot as being excellent, but somewhat bumpy due to high winds.
The PA-28 pilot was receiving a Basic Service from Farnborough Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS) West, while the pilot of the World War Two fighter told the UKAB that the Farnborough LARS frequency seemed busy with other aircraft queuing for a service so they were monitoring various frequencies, including the aforementioned, to build an air-picture of what other aircraft were in the vicinity.