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Tungum Alloy’s first major application was in tube form for the various hydraulic and breathing air services in the Wellington Bomber.
The Tungum Solution One of the early Tungum Alloy applications was in tube form for use on the various hydraulic and breathing air services for the Wellington Bomber. The reason for using Tungum was because of its extremely good resistance to fatigue and its high strength to weight ratio. Thereafter, it was extensively used throughout the R.A.F.’s “fleet” until the jet aircraft “TSR2” was abandoned in 1965. By then the Army and Navy had adopted Tungum tubing as being the material of choice for these types of arduous applications. Ditching in Loch Ness On New Year’s Eve in 1940 a training flight went horribly wrong when a Wellington N2980 Bomber suffered engine failure. Most of the crew were ordered to bail out, leaving the Captain and a second pilot to deal with the failing aircraft. Luckily, the pilots spotted a nearby body of water and managed to make a perfect landing on Loch Ness – bailing from the bomber before it vanished beneath the water. Aside from one fatality, when a parachute failed to open, the crew survived the ordeal. The plane, unfortunately, was lost beneath the waters of the Loch. The wreck had lain beneath the water for almost 45 years before divers stumbled across the wreckage in almost perfect condition. It was finally recovered from its watery bed in September, 1985. The aircraft is now in Brooklands Museum, Weybridge and is one of two Wellington Bombers still intact.
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