Air Enthusiast 1996-07
‘Buchon’ C4K-144 became G-AWHP for the film ‘Battle of Britain’ and then moved to the USA where it was operated by the Confederate Air Force as NX8575 until suffering an accident in December 1987.
An anonymous ‘Battle of Britain’ HA-1112M-1L at Jersey Airport, 1968.
Shuttleworth’s G-EBIA in the 40 Squadron markings worn following restoration at Farnborough, from 1959 to 1972.
Another view of G-EBIA during the skeletal existence with Armstrong Whitworth. Ensign I G-ADSW ‘Eddystone’ provides scale,
Today, G-EBIA flies as F904. It is seen here on the flight line at Duxford, along with the Shuttle worth Collection’s Avro 504K ‘H1599’ (G-ADEV).
The first two Romanian-designed prototypes, the ASTRA-Sesefski (left) and the Proto-1, pictured during their evaluation period, 1923. Note the Romanian tricolour painted obliquely on the fin and rudder of the Sesefski. Both aircraft sport the FARR’s red-yellow-blue roundels.
The IAR-16 was the last in the line of early IAR fighter prototypes. It was the design of Elie Carafoli featuring an all-metal airframe, covered by a mixture of plywood, fabric and dural sheets. On July 16, 1935 ‘Locotenent Aviator’ Alexandru Papana established a new national record for altitude in this aircraft.
The I.A.R.16 brought indigenous Romanian fighter design to an end for more than a dozen years. The first Romanian fighter with an all-metal structure, it failed to progress further than prototype stage.
SET-31 No 17 was one of the last survivors. The wingless airframe was used for parachute experiments in the summer of 1941. The yellow ring, denoting an ‘Axis’ aircraft has been painted on the fuselage, but the new FARR markings, the so-called ‘Michael cross’ has not been applied. This came into effect from May 1941.
SET-31 No 11, was the first SET aircraft to receive a civilian registration. CV-NIC’s owner, Prince Nicolae, made several long range flights in it. On August 18, 1931, new regulations came in changing the Romanian registration prefix and the aircraft was reregistered YR-ABA. It was later transferred to the FARR’s fighter fleet.
The unconventional ‘Aeron’ was the last aircraft to be built at ‘Arsenalul Aeronauticii’ in Bucharest, 1935. Test flown by Frenchman Lepruex, who was satisfied with its flying characteristics.