Weather – the deadliest adversary?

One of the biggest dangers a pilot can face in the sky is adverse weather. Luke Bimm explains why understanding the weather is so important to those who fly

In February 8, 1956 the RAF lost six Hunter F.1s with one of the pilots tragically killed. The aircraft were conducting a fighter exercise from RAF West Raynham but the weather had deteriorated and they were unable to land there so diverted to nearby Marham, which was now also suffering poor visibility. With fuel running low, only two aircraft were able to successfully land, the remaining six ending up crashing.

Understanding and respecting weather has been a key element from the dawn of aviation and still applies even to modern jet aircraft.

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