The Hon Patrick Lindsay’s Hawker Fury reproduction, G-BKBB, had a trial fitting of its uncovered wings late in June 1984. The wooden wings are the work of John Isaacs. The Fury’s Kestrel engine has now returned from a complete overhaul by Hants and Sussex Aviation under the watchful eyes of managing director Ted Hawes, and is reported to be “looking quite splendid”. An ex-RN artificer who is something of a “sheet metal wizard” made the close-fitting cowling panels.
Taking second prize in the Concours d’Elegance competition at this year’s PFA rally at Cranfield on July 6, 7 and 8, 1984 was Capt Derek Ellis’ newly restored Morane-Saulnier-built D.H.60G Moth G-AANV. This Moth began life in 1929 as F-AJNY and later became HB-OBU. After languishing in acquired by Ron Souch and restored by him at Hamble. The first post-restoration flight took place shortly before the rally.