Aeroplane Monthly 1977-08
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A.Ord-Hume - Dart Kitten /British pre-war ultralights/
A. R. Weyl testing the Kitten I, G-AERP, near Dunstable in January 1937. Note the lack of engine cowlings and the long, straight exhaust pipes of the 27 h.p. Ava flat-four two-stroke engine.
In this flying picture, the "gull" effect may just be discerned.
John Fricker air testing Kitten II G-AEXT for The Aeroplane in 1950, when the aircraft was owned by W. G. A. Harrison. This owner had G-AEXT completely rebuilt after the war.
Kitten III G-AMJP, fitted with wheel brakes, crashed at Hillington, King's Lynn, on June 5, 1966. A fourth Kitten, VH-WGL, was home-built at Port Moresby in New Guinea. Does anyone have any photos of this aircraft, please?
Kittens G-AERP and G-AEXT together at Hatfield in 1937.
Two views of the completed prototype taken in 1937.
F. D. Bradbrooke sets off from Hanworth in Kitten II G-AEXT on May 29, 1937, in The Isle of Man Race, only to be forced down with engine trouble.
F. D. Bradbrooke swinging 'XT's compass at Hatfield three days before the Isle of Man Race.