View Full Version : Wartime Lancaster crashes due all engines feathered

19th Apr 2004, 12:27
There were reports during the war of several accidents to Lancasters which were caused by all four engines feathering at once from the pressing of one feathering button.

One particular example of this occurrence to a Lancaster is described in a biography of Captain G.N Wikner by Norman Mitchell in a book called "Flight of the Halifax" published in 1993.

It also happened to a RAAF Lincoln Mk 31 (Long Nose) at Townsville, Australia around 1959, although fortunately it was on the ground at the time with all four engines running.

Does anyone know of other specific instances of this problem on the Lancaster?

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19th Apr 2004, 16:23
I cant be of much help with your request but please oh please change the title of that post to "Wartime Lancaster crashes that were attributed to feathering of engines..."

I immediately thought of the BoBMF Lanc and nearly had a heart attack!

19th Apr 2004, 18:12
......Especially after the lads ran a Stratoliner dry then promptly filled the tanks with seawater upon ditching near Seattle.

John (Gary) Cooper
19th Apr 2004, 18:52
Propellers are feathered, engines are not:ok:

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20th Apr 2004, 11:42
Doh! Course its props....I just blindly reorganised the original headline. Off to bury my head in some sand this afternoon.

20th Apr 2004, 21:15
I thought they must have had a really unlucky multiple birdstrike....