Aeroplane Monthly 1987-02
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M.Jerram - For Business and Pleasure
The Chrislea C.H.3 Series 2 Super Ace - the “definitive” Ace. G-AKFD is seen here on its way from Thruxton on May 6, 1948 in the hands of Rex Stedman.
Two views of the Chrislea Ace Series 1 G-AHLG, photographed at Heston with original single fin layout in August 1946.
Two views of the prototype Ace taken at Heston in November 1946, following modification of the tail to twin fin layout in an effort to cure directional instability.
The prototype Chrislea Ace makes a flapped landing at Heston in November 1946. Development work of the prototype was carried out at Heston but in 1947 the company transferred to Exeter where production Aces were built between 1948 and 1950.
The modified Ace prototype flying at Heston in November 1946.
Close-up of the 125 h.p. Lycoming engine. The upper cowling was hinged around a line on the starboard side, while the lower cowling could be detached completely.
This view of the Ace's cabin shows the controversial wheel controls which provided independent control in all three axes. With the control wheels fully down (shown here) the elevators were fully up!
The modified Ace prototype lying scrapped at Exeter in the early Fifties.
The Chrislea L.C.1 Airguard G-AFIN. Built at Heston in 1938, the side-by-side cabin two-seater was powered by a 62 h.p. Walter Mikron 2 engine. The L.C.1 had an all-up height of 1,300lb and cruised at 101 m.p.h.
Sporting its dapper undercarriage fairings, or “spats”, and its final dashing pale blue and white colour scheme, the sole Airguard awaits another flight from Heston. It appears that the aircraft was never evaluated by the Air Ministry for Civil Air Guard service, possibly owing to its foreign engine, but also perhaps because of the perception that its neutral stability may have limited its value as a military trainer.