Aeroplane - June 2009

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News

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Tulsa Spartan unveiled

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Local restoration news in brief from the UK historic aircraft scene

Local restoration news in brief from the UK historic aircraft scene

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effort, and we are honoured to preserve and display it here at TASM.”

THE WORLD’S ONLY surviving Spartan NP-1 trainer went on display at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum (TASM) in March. Used by the US Navy as a basic trainer, the 225 h.p. Lycoming R-680-8-powered biplane’s greatest claim to fame came on November 21, 1942, when George H.W. Bush made his fi rst solo fl ight in an NP-1. Museum curator Kim Jones says, “This was the only Spartandesigned and -built military aircraft that saw signifi cant service during World War Two. It played a large part in Tulsa’s contribution to the war

Spartan built a total of 201 NP-1s at its Tulsa plant during 1941–43. It was the most numerous, but also the last, aircraft developed and built by the company, which is most famous for the sleek Spartan 7W Executive.

The TASM machine was built in 1941. At the end of the war it was donated to a technical school in Seattle, where it was discovered in a derelict state by Jeff Wright of Portland, Oregon, in 1969. After a 15-year rebuild, Wright fl ew it in the summer of 1984 as N28700. It was acquired by the TASM in 2008.

Hunter reunion for Old Warden

25 Years Ago This Month ON MARCH 20 the D.H. Hornet Project’s (DHHP) reproduction Hornet F.1 cockpit, right, was displayed in the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre at London Colney, Herts. David Collins from the Chelmsford-based DHHP says, “I have two complete canopies and the canopy rails, so nothing major is required for the front end. Once the nose is complete, I can move further down the fuselage”. No complete example of the Hornet survives anywhere.

AREUNION OF FORMER Hawker Hunter pilots and groundcrew, and members of the RAF Airfi eld Construction Branch, will be held in conjunction with the Shuttleworth Military Pageant at Old Warden, Bedfordshire on August 2. Tickets are on sale at an advance-booking rate of £20 — contact 01767 627933.

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THE SPIRIT of North Weald Hawker Hurricane Gate Guard Project was unveiled at the former fi ghter base in Essex on April 19. The replica Hurricane, right, wears the August 1940 colours of Wg Cdr Tom Neil’s 249 Sqn machine. Other ex-members of 249 Sqn present included Wg Cdr Tom Beazley and two groundcrew, John Gill and “Dixie” Heron. The project has received strong

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JUNE 1984’S AEROPLANE featured news of a threat to the North East Aircraft Museum’s site at Sunderland Airport owing to the impending arrival of a new Nissan car plant, and the acquisition of airworthy Leisure Sport Sopwith Camel replica G-AWYY by the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Also reported was the reappearance of Shuttleworth Collection Avro 504K in a new colour scheme as H5199 in place of the previous and long-established E3404, and the planned inauguration of the Stampe Club.

Preservation coverage elsewhere in the issue included a Preservation Profi le of Finnish de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth OH-XLA.

support from Epping Forest District Council, many local fi rms and individuals. VOLUNTEERS AT the Thorpe Camp Preservation Group, near Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, has embarked on construction of a static Percival Mew Gull replica. The Mew will be a lasting tribute to record breaking pilot Alex Henshaw, who was raised in Lincolnshire and was a great supporter of the group.

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