Oaksey Park’s little wonders
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.