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https://lemamouth.blogspot.com/2020/11/ ... uilon.htmlIt rested at more than 2,400 m of depth,
a Navy plane found off Hyères 60 years after its disappearance
The wreckage of an Aquilon plane was found at a depth of 2,400 meters
by scientific teams from Ifremer and the French Navy.
Posted on 11/26/2020 at 10:43 a.m.
The aircraft wreckage was sighted at sea by a 20 oceanographic vessel on November 2020.
The accident occurred on June 13, 1960 when the pilot of the Aquilon 203
was carrying out his last catapult before returning to the base of Hyères,
the plane fell into the water and sank immediately.
His pilot, Master Jean Legouhy, aged 27, disappears with him.
Found 60 years later
The inscriptions on its empennage have helped trace the history of this aircraft and its pilot.
It is indeed the Aquilon 203 n ° 83 which disappeared 60 years ago.
The still legible inscriptions quickly identified the aircraft.
The oceanographic ship Pourquoi Pas? of the French Oceanographic Fleet, operated by Ifremer,
and of the French Navy were carrying out underwater scientific work on November 20, south of Porquerolles,
when they found the wreckage of an Aquilon plane resting at more of 2400 meters deep.
Built from 1952, the Aquilon was the first jet aircraft in the Navy.
The Aquilon will have allowed airborne aviation to learn about the reactor,
offering a successor to the Hellcat for the all-weather fighter mission,
and alongside the Corsair which remained the master of assault missions until 1964.
specifies the Ministry of the Armed Forces.
The last official flight of the Aquilon in Naval Aviation took place on June 30, 1966.
C'est la dernière demeure du maître Jean Legouhy : ce 13 juin 1960, ce marin du ciel de la 11F est en
campagne d'appontage à bord du
porte-avions britannique HMS Ark Royal,
dans le sud de Porquerolles (Var), L'officier marinier termine sa qualification à l'appontage.
L'Aquilon 203 tombe à l'eau après son dernier catapultage alors qu'il rallie la base d'Hyères
qui sert de recueil sur les campagnes.
Son pilote, alors âgé de 27 ans n'a aucune chance :
des destins de l'avion et du maître Legouhy sont définitivement liés.