Mer­cury ris­ing

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The Miles Mer­cury was de­signed in 1941 as a four-seat com­mu­ni­ca­tions and train­ing air­craft, low-wing, sin­gle-en­gined with re­tractable un­der­car­riage, and twin fins and rud­ders. Although only six were built, its claim to fame was that one was con­verted into the pro­to­type fixed-un­der­car­riage, ‘triple-tailed’ Mes­sen­ger, with huge suc­cess. G-AHAA was the fi­nal Mer­cury, built as trans­port for the Chair­man of the British Over­seas Air­ways Cor­po­ra­tion. It then went to Ger­many and lan­guished un­til res­cued forty years ago by a group of Dan­ish en­thu­si­asts. Since then it has resided in the Stauning Mu­seum but has been reg­u­larly flown as OY-ALW, and now re­turns to its birth­place.

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