On July 25, 1993 at Brooklands, the site of Britain’s first gliding school, Kirby Kite BGA251 made its first flight in over 50 years; the pilot was Bob Boyd, seen here.
A 1939 Kirby Kite 1 landing at Wycombe Air Park in 1985.
The new Kirby Kite, the first gull-wing sailplane to be built in England. The designer and builder is Mr. F. Slingsby, and the machine was flown by Mr. L. Neilan.
A picture for students of wing design: The Imperial College of Science team’s Kirby Kite at Dunstable in July 1938.
Ted Hull’s Slingsby Kirby Kite I BGA394 on a winch launch.
A privately owned Kirby Kite sailplane at the London Gliding Club’s site at Dunstable. Note the gull wing, tapered and washed-out tips, and oval fuselage.
Three immaculate Kirby Kite 1s lined up at Long Mynd. All were built in the Thirties.
Three Kirby Kite single-seat sailplanes at Haddenham (Thame) in 1941.
The first prang in the history of British military gliding - on the roof of the Sergeants’ Mess, Thame, 1941.