Aeroplane Monthly 1978-05
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C.Baker - A Fairey for Athens
The Fairey, Breguet and Letov-Smolik at Tatoi Aerodrome, Athens.
Pilot Charles McMullin in Fairey IIIF seaplane G-AABY, Greece, 1930.
The Fairey, Breguet and Letov-Smolik at Tatoi Aerodrome, Athens.
Dismantling the tailplane of G-AABY on the Tatoi-Athens road. McMullin is the white-shirted figure in the centre.
The IIIF afloat in Phaleron Bay. McMullin is seen in company with Greek naval personnel on the left.
Note the fully-lowered radiator.
How the assembled mainplanes made the 20-mile trip to Phaleron Bay.
In an Athens street, en route to Phaleron Bay. Note the lorry's solid-tyred wheels.
Capt McMullin in the cockpit of G-AABY, 1930. He was killed in a takeoff accident to Blackburn Bluebird III G-EBWE at Nivelles on September 8, 1931.
The Fairey, Breguet and Letov-Smolik at Tatoi Aerodrome, Athens.
View of the “Letov-Smolik” one of the two aircraft against which G-AABY competed for the Greek order. The twin wooden machine guns which, as the author recalls, gave it an unfair advantage in the fly-off, are seen in the photograph. Designated Letov S16, it was designed by Alois Smolik and made its debut in 1926.