Aeroplane Monthly 1985-10
Following preparation and fitting of long-range fuel tanks for its transatlantic delivery flight, Kermit Weeks’ de Havilland Mosquito N35MK (ex G-ASKB/ RS712) was outside Personal Plane Services’ hangar at Booker on August 5, 1985 for engine runs.
Specialised Mouldings Ltd of Huntingdon handed over Spitfire IX replica “EN398” to the Imperial War Museum on August 16, 1985. The weatherproof replica will be on display at Duxford as a gate guardian.
At nearby Redhill Aerodrome, Desmond St Cyrien's restored Sopwith Pup N5195/G-ABOX awaits test flights.
Cessna C-145 Air master NC1949, built at Wichita in 1939, is the only airworthy example in Europe. It is seen at Hamble in July 1985 shortly after restoration had been completed by the Antique Aeroplane Company for American owner Paul Skogstad. The Warner Scarab-powered Air master left Hamble for Germany, where it will be based, in late August.
De Havilland Devon VP967/G-KOOL being dismantled at Biggin Hill in July 1985. Plans to use the aircraft to ferry consignments of fresh lobsters from Ireland to the Continent came to nought, and on August 3 the Devon left Biggin by road for the East Surrey Technical College at Redhill, where it will serve as an instructional airframe.
Brian Woodford’s magnificent D.H.83 Fox Moth G-ADHA, recently restored by the Antique Aeroplane Company, photographed during a test flight early in August 1985. Built as ZK-ADI, the last British-built example, the aircraft spent many years in New Zealand. The Fox has been restored to represent Fox Moth G-ACDD, owned by the Prince of Wales in 1933. That aircraft had a coupe top and wheel spats, and was painted in the red, blue and white colours of the Guards. The first public appearance of G-ADHA was at the de Havilland Moth Club's Woburn meeting on August 17-18, where it won a trophy for the best restoration.