Aeroplane Monthly 1993-02
M.Oakey - Grapevine
Steve Hinton flies Bob Pond’s newly-restored Bell P-63A Kingcobra 42-68864/NX163BP over Chino, California, on December 8, 1992. Restored by Fighter Rebuilders, the P-63 was obtained after the war by World War One ace Elliot White Springs and placed in a park where an annual coat of paint protected it from the weather.
A general view of Tempest II MW376 in one of Windmill Aviation's workshops at Spanhoe. The completed port wing is on trestles to the left of the fuselage, while work continues on the starboard wing at top right. David Martin, the Tempest’s owner, is watching the camera from lower right.
The forward fuselage and engine mount. The 2,526 h.p. Bristol Centaurus 6 radial is currently under rebuild, and is due to return to Spanhoe in the spring.
David and Denis Jones reskinning MW376's starboard wing. The time-expired Bristol Centaurus in the foreground has been donated by the Royal Navy Historic Flight.
Back from the (former) USSR: Messerschmitt Bf 110F-2 Werknr 5052 at Jim Pearce’s Sussex base on December 13, 1992, with the canopy of 110E-2 4502 added for effect.
Another view of partially dismantled Messerschmitt Bf 110F-2 5052 outside Jim Pearce’s hangar. The aircraft is equipped with tropical filters, suggesting that it was diverted to the Russian front from production intended for North Africa.
Folland Gnat G-TIMM.
Tom Dietrich has put his Ontario-based Thruxton Jackaroo up for sale. The aircraft emigrated to Canada with Brian Witty in 1970, and went through a number of ownerships until acquired by Dietrich in partnership with Frank Evans, whereupon it was restored to Oshkosh-prizewinning standard.
Florida-based collector Kermit Weeks snapped up Ford Trimotor N9651 at auction for $650,000 (£435,000) in November 1992. Formerly owned by Irving Perlitch, the 1929 transport had for many years been based at the Hill Country Museum near Morgan Hill, California. N9651 joins Weeks’s other Trimotor, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Andrew last August.