A chat­ter­ing of Chip­munks

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More than seven decades since it first flew, de Hav­il­land Canada Chip­munks are still held in great af­fec­tion by many RAF, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps pi­lots who trained on them, and by Air Cadets who had their first fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in ‘Chip­pies’. Thus, af­ter mak­ing their one-off pub­lic de­but at the Dux­ford Air Fes­ti­val this past sum­mer, mem­bers of the Four Chip For­ma­tion Team are look­ing ahead to the 2019 sea­son and will fly at a few selected shows.

Team leader ‘Four Chip 1’, Howard Cook, who has flown a range of vin­tage types from Tiger Moth to P-51 Mus­tang and has dis­played the His­toric Air­craft Col­lec­tion’s Hur­ri­cane, Storch and Hawker Nim­rod II and Vin­tage Wings of Canada’s Har­vard, flies Chip­munk G-BWMX based at Fen End Farm, Cam­bridge. “The dis­play is like the pro­fes­sional jet teams – only slower and with lit­tle power to help us,” he says. “If you get out of po­si­tion in a Chip­munk you can never get back, that is why it is such a good trainer and trains you to keep in po­si­tion. If you can keep in tight in a Box Four in a Chip­munk, you can keep in tight in any­thing!

Four Chip 2, Jon Hig­gins was granted his ini­tial Dis­play Au­tho­ri­sa­tion at nine­teen years of age, and was the UK’S youngest dis­play pi­lot. He flies with the team and also per­forms solo aer­o­batic dis­plays in Rec­tory Farm-based G-BYHL. Four Chip 3 is David Pet­ters, who gained his PPL at sev­en­teen and is now a Ryanair Cap­tain with 10,000 hours logged. His Fen­land-based G-CGAO wears Por­tuguese Air Force mark­ings. And Paul Green, Four Chip 4, in­structs at White Waltham in his Chip­munk G-BCPU and of­ten do­nates his time and air­craft to dis­plays to sup­port char­i­ta­ble causes. Although has been fly­ing for eigh­teen years, 2018 is Paul’s first year on the dis­play cir­cuit.

Whilst they pre­fer to fly as a ‘four-ship’ at large events and venues, the team can also fly as a three-ship or the two-ship Vin­tage Pair.

For more de­tails or book­ings con­tact Howard Cook at: peta­[email protected]

The Four Chip For­ma­tion Team will fly their Chip­munks at selected air­shows in 2019

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