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de Havilland Chipmunk

SERIAL: C1-0608
REG:
G-BZGA (WK 585)
Basic training aircraft /Two seats/ Fully aerobatic

Year of manufacture: 1952
Engine: 145hp Gipsy Major 10 Mk2
Max Weight: 2100lbs
Cruise speed: 90 knots

Built in 1952 C1-0608 began Royal Air Force service with the Edinburgh University Air Squadron (Turnhouse) as WK585. It was transferred to Glasgow UAS (Scone) in 1965 and was there until 1974 when it then became one of the aircraft operated by 12 Air Experience Flight, based again at Turnhouse. Here 585 stayed, flown by service pilots giving Air Cadets their first taste of flying in a military aircraft until the mid-1990s when it was dismantled and put into storage.

Along with a number of the last Chipmunks in service, WK585 was put up for auction at Phillips in March 2000 and acquired by Propshop at Duxford in the form of parts. It was civilianised during the rebuild by ARCo at Duxford and sporting a new engine, was finally flown again in April 2001 with the civilian registration G-BZGA. ARCo operated "GA" along with their two other Chipmunks as a basic trainer for pilots moving on to the tailwheel warbirds in their charge.

Propshop sold "GA" to the Real Flying Company in April 2003 who have operated it from Shoreham ever since. This Chipmunk is now used for training existing pilots on to tailwheel types, also allowing members of the public to experience a trial lesson in a classic and with its aerobatic qualities, "GA" is ideal for aerobatic tuition.


de Havilland Chipmunk

SERIAL: C1-0609
REG:
G-BXGX (WK 586)
Basic training aircraft /Two seats/ Fully aerobatic

Year of manufacture: 1952
Engine: 145hp Gipsy Major 10 Mk2
Max Weight: 2100lbs
Cruise speed: 90 knots

Given the serial number C1-0609, WK586 rolled off the production line at Hatfield in March 1952. It began its service life with the RAF and was delivered to 11 RFS at Perth in Scotland moving to St Andrews UAS, prior to going into storage. In 1958, 586 was issued to the Middle East Air Force and was based in Cyprus for the next two years. On return to the UK it was converted to enable it to tow gliders and for the rest of its service life was loaned out to numerous units for very short periods to carry out glider towing duties for service competitions.

Over the next three decades, it was used by Aberdeen UAS, RAF College at Cranwell, 2 FTS at Church Fenton, 6 AEF at Abingdon, E.F.T.S at Swinderby, 9 AEF at Finningley and for a short time was on the books with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It also spent a considerable amount of time in storage with 5 Maintenance Unit at Kemble and 27 Maintenance Unit at Shawbury. Finally in August 1993 WK586 was transferred to the Army Air Corps at Middle Wallop, where it was used by the Army for their elementary flight training courses, until March 1997 when it was sold at auction to Interflight (Air Charter) Ltd, Biggin Hill.

Given the civil registration G-BXGX, it was flown relatively little over the following thirteen years, in fact only being airborne for 115 hours over that entire period and after a long period of inactivity, was eventually put up for sale in 2010. GX was bought by Real Flying Company Director, Iain Flitcroft and the aircraft was put in the hands of the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford for a full restoration, a job that took eighteen months to complete. Chipmunk G-BXGX (WK586) arrived at its new home at Shoreham, West Sussex at the end of April 2012 and transferred ownership to the Real Flying Company.


PA28 Piper Warrior

Basic training/Touring aircraft
Four seats

Engine: 160hp Avco Lycoming O-320
Max Weight:
2440lbs
Cruise speed:
105 knots

PA28 Piper Warrior

We at the Real Flying Company currently operate a small number of Piper PA28 aircraft. These popular modern training aircraft are ideal for general tuition from basic to advanced level.

With four seat capability and a generous fuel capacity, these make excellent touring aircraft for the qualified pilot to hire and 'go places'.

The PA28 family of aeroplanes have been one of the most reliable and popular of the American Trainer/Tourers since their introduction in 1960. Their significant presence in the flying clubs/schools in the UK serve as testimony to the versatility and appeal of these superb machines.


de Havilland Chipmunk

SERIAL: 18-2057
REG:
G-BLMR

Year of manufacture: 1953
Engine: Lycoming 0-320
Max Weight: 1750lbs
Cruise speed: 85 mph

Built at Lock Haven in Pennsylvania USA in 1953, G-BLMR started life in the US Air Force and was given the registration 52-2457.

The aircraft then joined the Netherlands Air Force and was known as KLU R-72, before joining the Netherlands Civil Register on 24th May 1966 when it was registered as PH-NLD. During this time the aircraft was part of a three-ship banner towing team for the popular television show, “The World of Sport”.

G-BLMR entered the UK Civil Register on the 29th May 1984 and worked as a glider tug, before performing with the Iveco Ford Team in a fantastic display involving the aircraft landing on the back of a moving truck.

Having since spent many years as a much loved privately owned aircraft, G-BLMR became the latest addition to the Real Flying Company fleet in August 2013.

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