Aeroplane Monthly 1987-06
L.Curtis - The Flying Duchess (3)
Two views of the ill-fated General Aircraft Monospar ST-4 Mk II G-ACKT, both taken at Croydon in 1933. The ST-4 was powered by two 85 h.p. Pobjoy R radial engines.
The wrecked Monospar ST-4 G-ACKT lying at Thrupp's Farm at Lidlington, Bedfordshire on December 5, 1933. The Duchess of Bedford's personal pilot, Bernard Allen, was killed.
A pensive Duchess of Bedford sitting in her D.H.60G Moth G-ABXR.
The Duchess of Bedford's D.H.60G Moth G-ABXR was built at Stag Lane in 1932 and was first registered in July of that year. She bought the aircraft new and took her ticket in the machine that following year. The last pre-war owner of 'XR was R. C. G. Slazenger. On June 6, 1940 the Moth was impressed into RAF service as AW111 but during its delivery flight to 46 MU it flew into telephone wires at St Cyrus, Montrose in poor visibility. It was struck off charge that same month.