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New and re-reg­is­tered air­craft and those no longer with us

Lucky Lakes

The Old­field Baby Lakes is a home­built sin­gle-seat sport bi­plane. In 1991 two of these, G-BKCJ and G-BKHD, were based at Sleap air­field and em­barked on a lo­cal flight in loose for­ma­tion. At a turn­ing point, when both pi­lots were check­ing their maps, they col­lided. ’HD was con­trol­lable and made it home but ’CJ lost its rud­der and the pi­lot re­cov­ered from a spin be­fore a forced land­ing in a wheat field. Both pi­lots were un­in­jured and the air­craft re­paired. G-BKCJ is re­stored this month af­ter a pe­riod of in­ac­tiv­ity.

Bat Mo­bile

When am­a­teur air­craft build­ing restarted in France af­ter World War II, Mau­rice Bro­chet de­signed a sin­gle-seat, high-wing mono­plane called the Pip­istrelle. Most used Salm­son ra­dial en­gines but G-AVKB has a Wal­ter Mikron in-line mo­tor. This air­craft was man­u­fac­tured in 1948 as F-PFAL and came to Britain in 1967, since when it has had ten dif­fer­ent own­ers.

Wal­lis Legacy

Wing Commander Ken Wal­lis was the mas­ter­mind be­hind Bri­tish au­t­o­gyro de­vel­op­ment. He achieved fame in 1967 fly­ing G-ARZB Lit­tle Nel­lie as Sean Con­nery’s stunt dou­ble in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. He held most of the au­t­o­gyro records dur­ing his ca­reer and, at the age of 89, be­came the old­est pi­lot to break a world flight record. Af­ter his death in 2013 all his air­craft were re­moved to Old War­den, where Lit­tle Nel­lie is on dis­play with the Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion. The rest re­main in a pri­vate hangar await­ing the res­o­lu­tion of a long-stand­ing le­gal dis­pute. All are for­mally re­tired this month, al­though none has had a valid Per­mit for many years.

Fly Far, Fly Cheaper

Nor­we­gian Air UK is a new sub­sidiary of Nor­we­gian Air, tak­ing ad­van­tage of Britain’s bi­lat­eral air traf­fic agree­ments to rein­tro­duce low-cost long-haul ser­vices from Gatwick. It be­lieves that cur­rent low fuel costs for its eco­nom­i­cal Boe­ing 787 Dream­lin­ers, such as G-CIXO, will make no-frills op­er­a­tions to Asia, South Amer­ica and South Africa prof­itable.

Wal­lis WA116 G-ARZB on dis­play with the Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion

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