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    Down the pub over the weekend I was speaking to an old boy who was telling me about a Navigator who in the early 1950s managed to get the aircraft back to base after the pilot suffered a heart attack. He could not recall more details. Is there anyone who knows more detail? The aircraft may have been either a Lincoln or a Canberra.


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    On one of the 3 Grp Bombing Competitions one of our a/c (shan't tell you which era, or a/c, to protect the guilty!) from Wittering found that the Radar Nav was collapsed over his screen just as they were approaching the target. The bloke next to him switched him onto 100% Oxy. They had to "go round again" - in them days many smoked liked chimneys, and he was just having a routine "coughing fit". The Sqn won the Bombing Comp BTW. Met were invited to the celebratory thrash 'cos we'd been doing things with the astro winds that weren't strictly 'legal'. But if you can't win by fair means, then you have to consider winning by foul means!!!
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    Back in the mid 1960s there was an article in the yearly RAF Book which covered a similar story. Aircraft was a Vampire the navigator, in the story, was a ground crew technician carrying out an instrument air test. Pilot took a heart attack in the climb. The technician, an amateur pilot, took over the controls and, with the help of another vampire, scrambled and flying alongside, landed the Vampire safely.
    There can't have been too many pilots taking heart attacks when on a flight. The story may be the same one or could be a bit of fiction carried around and modified by each succeeding teller.

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