Cloud­ster moves on

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Rear­win Cloud­ster G-EVLE, the only ex­am­ple of the two-seat cabin bi­plane in the UK, was fer­ried from its long-time base at Popham to Hen­stridge by Clive David­son with owner Will Gray on 20 De­cem­ber 2016. Orig­i­nally built in 1939 in Kansas, Rear­win 8125 NC25403 was pow­ered by a 120hp Ken-royce (Le­blond) 7F ra­dial en­gine. Melvyn His­cock ob­tained it and reg­is­tered it as G-BVLK in April 1994 at the start of a very long re­build to fly­ing con­di­tion. Nine years later, re-reg­is­tered G-EVLE, it was moved to Popham for fi­nal assem­bly. Now pow­ered by a Warner Scarab 145 it was flown for the first time by Stu Gold­spink in March 2005. Sold to Will Gray in De­cem­ber 2015 the Cloud­ster’s cock­pit was re­fur­bished to com­ple­ment the im­mac­u­late red ex­te­rior. Re­port & photo: Neil Wil­son

Cloud­ster G-EVLE ar­riv­ing at Hen­stridge on 20 De­cem­ber

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