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    Test Pilot John Squier, who spent 30 hours in a rubber dinghy in the Irish See, after ejecting from his 'Lightning's P.

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    Background: Test Pilot John Squier, who spent 30 hours in a rubber dinghy in the Irish See, after ejecting from his 'Lightning's P.L. jet plane before it crashed -- left Stanraer Cottage Hospital, Scotland, Oct. 15, where he was taken after his ordeal a fortnight ago. Oct. 1.

    Lying on a stretcher, the 59-year-old pilot, accompanied by his wife, was transferred to an ambulance and driven to the nearby RAF station for the flight to England. Road travel was impossible because alternating heights encountered would affect his damaged ear drums. The aircraft will therefore fly at a continuous low altitude. Later he entered Preston Royal Infirmary, as a private patient, for a convalescent period, before returning to his ho,e two miles from the hospital.

    Pilot Squier is believed to be the first man to eject from a plane flying faster than sound. He parachuted from 40,000 feet into the Irish see, and after losing his paddle, drifted for 30 hours towards the Scottish coast, where he saw, but was unseen by, holiday makers on the beach. Exhausted, he stumbled ashore near Garliestown, Wigtown, and was taken to hospital suffering from shock and severe earache.

    Air see rescue patrols had searching the ares since the crash was reported.

    John Squier, test pilot for the English Electric Company, was making a test flight-over 1,000 m.p.h - from a field near Preston

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