Aeroplane Monthly 1974-03
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A.Ord-Hume - The Savage skywriters (1)
G-EBIA demonstrates at altitude for Flight’s photographer.
One of Maj Jack Savage's fleet of British-registered sky-writing S.E.5a’s, the Wolseley-built G-EBIA, demonstrates its “penmanship” for Flight’s camera at Hendon in March 1927. This aircraft is now the world's only surviving airworthy example of this famous fighter, and makes display appearances bearing its original serial, F904, and the markings of 56 Squadron, one of the most famous First World War units to operate the type.
S.E.5A G-EBIA, with smoke on, at Hendon in March 1927.
G-EBIB at Hooton in August 1934 with Sidney St Barbe in the cockpit. This aircraft survives to this day in the Science Museum, London.
Another view of G-EBIA over Hendon in 1927.
A different selection of five S.E.5As at Hendon soon after the company was formed.
G-EBIF was used for skywriting in Germany, and was re-registered in that country as D-1633 in 1929.
A line-up of five skywriting S.E.5As at Hendon.
Major Savage’s first S.E.5A, G-EATE, bought from Handley Page Ltd in November 1921. Note the cutaway area on the starboard elevator, above the smoke pipe.
S.E.5A G-EBDT was operated on the Continent, mainly in Germany.
G-EBDU, The Sweep, at Gothenberg during demonstration by M. L. Bramson.