Aeroplane Monthly 1987-03
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M.Jerram - For Business and Pleasure
Nice air-to-air study of the prototype Chrislea C.H.3 Series 4 Skyjeep, G-AKVS. It was first flown on November 21, 1949 by D. Lowry.
Chrislea C.H.3 Series II Super Ace G-AKFD up from Redhill on August 19, 1948.
View of the Chrislea C.H.3 Series 4 Skyjeep. It had a removable top decking for accommodating freight or a stretcher, and was powered by a 155 h.p. Cirrus Major 3.
The Series 2 Super Ace production line at Exeter in April 1948. By the summer of that year, all was not well at Chrislea and the factory was closed for two months owing to ‘‘material shortages”, a result of financial difficulties with the company’s suppliers. A total of 18 Super Aces and three Skyjeeps were flown and a dozen other airframes were complete or partially completed when the company folded in 1952.
Originally registered G-AKVF, Super Ace AP-ADT spent nine years in Pakistan before returning to the UK in 1959. Today this Ace is lovingly cared for by owner Paul Longthorp.
Ace VR-RBI, previously G-AKVC, spent its six-year life in Malaya.
Super Aces G-AKUX, shown, and G-AKUY were exhibited at the 1948 SBAC show at Farnborough. G-AKUX went out to the E J Riding Lebanon in 1949, where it was eventually scrapped in April 1966.
Super Aces G-AKUX and G-AKUY, shown, were exhibited at the 1948 SBAC show at Farnborough. G-AKUY was sold in Argentina and was re-registered LV-RXW.
After extensive demonstration the prototype Skyjeep was sold to French Indochina in 1952.
Production Super Ace G-AKVB survived until May 1955, when it crashed at Rettenden in Essex.
E., J. Riding’s three-view of the Super Ace is published by permission of Aeromodeller.