Aeroplane Monthly 1992-07
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British-built Tipsy Trainer I G-AFWT was built at Hanworth in 1939 and during the Fifties was operated by the Home Counties Flying Group. Today it is owned by Jane Barker and is based al Biggin Hill.
Coupe D.H.94 Moth Minor G-AFOJ was owned by the Panshanger-based London Aeroplane Club during the Fifties. Today it may be seen at Salisbury Hall, the home of the Mosquito Aircraft Museum, where it is to be restored to airworthiness.
Built at Chorley, Lancashire in 1939, Moss M.A.2 G-AFMS spent most of the war as CF-BUB in Canada. It was restored to the British register in 1947 and, while owned by the Fairwood Flying Group, crashed near Builth Wells on July 7, 1958.
Hillson Praga G-AEUT outlived most of its British-registered brethren but came to grief in Italy on June 19, 1957. At the time it was owned by C. M. Roberts and was based at Panshangar, Herts.
This Aeronca 100 was built in Peterborough, Northants in 1937 and acquired for resale by Aircraft Exchange & Mart. G-AEVS has changed hands frequently during the post-war years but has not flown since it crashed in August 1966. It is currently under restoration at Sherburn-in-Elmet.
The pride and joy of the Vintage Aeroplane Club was Avro 638 Club Cadet G-ACHP. Built in 1933, it was fitted with a Gipsy Major I and initially flown on communications duties by Saro.
Comper Swift G-ABUS, in an all-black colour scheme, was raced a great deal by owner Tony Cole during the Fifties. First sold to Shell Mex in 1932 the Swift is now - 60 years later - owned by Capt Roger Bailey and is awaiting restoration in Herefordshire.
Built in Austria in 1937, the Hirtenberg H.S.9A arrived in England in July 1939 bearing the German registration D-EDJH. It spent the war in storage at Filton and was flown again in 1946 by its pre-war owner, J. H. Davies. Following several subsequent owners, G-AGAK was sold to C. H. Cosmelli in 1956. Two years later, on February 15, 1958, this handsome aeroplane crashed at Butser Hill near Petersfield, Hampshire. The 36ft-span H.S.9A was powered by a 120 h.p. de Havilland Gipsy Major engine.