Aeroplane Monthly 1993-06
M.Oakey - Grapevine
The last chance to see former Royal Aircraft Establishment Dakota ZA947 in its "raspberry ripple" colour scheme. Recently taken on charge by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as a trainer and hack, it is currently with of Air Atlantique at Coventry undergoing a check and being repainted in the colours of KG374 YS-L of 271 Sqn, flown by David Lord VC at Arnhem.
Vampire LZ551/G continues to take shape at Yeovilton.
Scarab-powered Sopwith Camel replica G-BPOB built by Tallmantz Aviation.
The Fighter Collection’s newly-arrived Grumman FM-2 Wildcat N4845V being unloaded at Duxford on April 15, 1993, in time to make its debut at the collection’s Flying Legends display on May 3.
Seen here before delivery, the Spitfire Society’s long-awaited static replica of Supermarine Spitfire prototype K5054 was unveiled at the RAF Museum, Hendon, on April 24, 1993. It will remain on show there for six months.
Another long-term Spitfire project, this one destined to fly, continues to take shape in Canada. Covering is now under way on Bob Cutting and Terry Wilshire’s Ford V6-powered 4/5 scale Mk I replica at Richmond, British Columbia, with final assembly due to begin in July 1993.
Still missing: the windscreen of Jim’s other Bf 110E-2, 4502, stolen at Hull Docks 15 months ago.
Jim Pearce’s Messerschmitt Bf110F-2 Werknr 5052 propped together in the Sussex sunshine recently. Note the stripped port outer wing.
A line-up of rarities at Brooklands. From the foreground: Slingsby Falcon I replica; Slingsby Gull III; Schleicher Rheinland; Manuel Willow Wren BGA 162; Abbott-Baynes Scud II; Hols der Teufel replica; Bleriot XI G-LOTI.
Among Kermit Weeks's aircraft residing in the Blue Max Movie Museum at Booker is this Bleriot XI replica. Above it hangs one of the museum’s own exhibits, an ornithopter built for a Steven Spielberg film.
Newly rebuilt in France by the Meudon-based Memorial Flight Association, and seen here at La Ferte-Alais on April 3, 1993 ready for test-flying, the Musee de I’Air’s Morane AI is painted in the colours of Escadrille SPA 160.
Kermit Weeks’s Spitfire XIV MV262 is currently under restoration at Booker.
The Royal Navy Historic Flight’s “new” Fairey Swordfish W5856 taxying at Brough on April 22, 1993.
Proteus Petroleum’s D.H.89A Dragon Rapide G-AEML flew on April 16, 1993.
Not a Fokker D VII, but a Travel Air 2000 modified to look like one. Used in many films, including Dawn patrol, it carries the markings of a D VII flown by Udet.
Roger Reeves’s Skysport-built Sopwith Dove G-EAGA airborne at Old Warden on April 10, 1993 - the first two-up dual-control rotary-engined flight in the UK for many years. Bonedomed duo Pete Kynsey (front) and Stuart Goldspink (rear) did the honours.