Aeroplane Monthly 1987-09
S.Porter - Recuperated Coupe
The prototype Civilian Coupe, fitted with a 75 h.p. ABC Hornet engine, at Heston in July 1929.
The sixth and final Coupe was G-ABPW. In October 1932 it was delivered to a German firm of aerial photographers and, registered D-EPAN, survived until the Forties.
The same aircraft with lengthened nose, shortened exhaust pipes and faired undercarriage struts.
Coupe G-ABNT photographed at Heston in July 1932.
Another view of the prototype Coupe. The schoolboy standing by the nose gives an idea of scale. In August 1933 'IL was sold in Ireland and became EI-AAV.
Two views of the third Coupe, G-ABFJ, taken during the summer of 1931. Registered in April that year, 'FJ met its end following a forced landing three months later.
Civilian Coupe G-ABNT, pictured during a test flight in almost 50yr.
The Civilian Coupe is the first two-seater to give side by side enclosed seating with a really good view, an excellent performance and low cost. Fitted with wheel brakes, this makes an admirable private owners' machine.
'NT shortly after restoration at Biggin Hill last year.
'NT in 1931, soon after it was built.
Coupes G-ABFI and G-ABFJ taking off from Heston on May 30, 1931 at the start of the London to Newcastle air race. G-ABFJ ran out of fuel and ’FI was placed 7th with an average speed of 119 m.p.h.
A COMFORTABLE ARRANGEMENT: No one can complain of the comfort provided in the cabin of this machine. It will be seen that the seats are slightly staggered thereby giving ample shoulder room.
A large celluloid panel in the roof gave the pilot a clear view above.