Aeroplane Monthly 1981-11
News Spotlight
Stephen Grey's two-seat Spitfire, recently imported from America, is well on the way to becoming a single seat Mk IX at Wycombe Air Park in the expert hands of Joe Austin. Registered G-BJSG the Spitfire should be in the air again next year.
The mortal remains of Spencer Flack's Sea Fury FB.11 seen just short of RAF Waddington's runway on August 2, 1981, where it crashed as a result of oil pressure problems. The owner/pilot escaped serious injury.
One of three Skyraider AS-4Ws recently offered for sale by the Swedish Air Force Museum.
The Imperial War Museum's BE2C was moved from London to Duxford for complete restoration in 1980. It has recently emerged from Duxford looking immaculate. The aircraft is Duxford's oldest aeroplane, being built by Ruston, Proctor and Company of Lincoln in 1916.
The BAe 146 made a trouble free first flight on September 3, 1981. Flying from Hatfield, the 146 took 17sec to unstick and during the 1hr 35min flight reached 10,000ft. The aircraft is appropriately registered G-SSSH.
On September 13, 1981, a large gathering of Tiger Moths assembled to celebrate the type's 50th birthday. The immaculate example illustrated here was doped trainer yellow and silver and bore the RAF serial number K2572 representing an aircraft from the first production batch of 1931-32.
The Hoffman H 36 Dimona glassfibre powered glider visited Britain during August and is seen near Wycombe Air Park on August 15, 1981.