Oak­sey Park’s lit­tle won­ders

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prac­tice dis­play, was the beau­ti­fully re­stored ‘Roth­mans’ Pitts S-2A G-BADZ. Last flown in Fe­bru­ary 1998, this groundup re­build has been a labour of love by Bob Warner for more than ten years. It was ex­pected to have its first flight in Oc­to­ber.

As well as be­ing a Pitts gath­er­ing the fly-in at­tracted a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing types in­clud­ing a Travel Air 4000, Beech Stag­ger­wing, Stear­man, Jung­mann, rare Free­lance G-NACA and a pair of Fl­itzers (G-ERDA and G-ERIW). The event also gave the op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to take a look at The Clas­sic Aero­plane Co Ltd, the new air­craft restoratio­n and main­te­nance or­gan­i­sa­tion set up at Oak­sey Park by Steve Chit­tle­bor­ough and Jon Eades. Their busy hangar in­cluded two of only a hand­ful of Ryans in Europe: 1936 Ryan STA (NC14986, photo above) and 1940 ST-M (NC17343), Yak-52 G-IUII and a rare Saab Safir OY-CBT now UK reg­is­tered as G-XCID. Oak­sey Park is also home to a pair of Hor­net Moths, WAR Fw190 G-CCFW and has re­cently seen the ar­rival of Yak-50 G-SOCT and a Tiger Moth (G-ANJK) for re­build by its owner.

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