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    Hampshire Aeroplane Club Halcyon

    Back in the summer of I think 1961 I visited Eastleigh as a young aircraft spotter.
    At the back of the main aircraft hanger was a strange aircraft being built. It was only in primer paint, but had the registration chalked on G-ARIO.
    I later found out it was the Hampshire Aeroplane Club attempt at building a twin engine light aircraft, the Halcyon. No doubt with strong input from Viv Bellamy.
    I was unique amongst my spotter chums as the only person to have seen this aircraft, even though not fully built.
    I never saw it again.
    Was it ever fully finished, did it ever fly, and is there anybody out there that saw it and perhaps photographed it. Is there any photos of it.
    What happened to it.

    On the same visit I also remember just walking round the corner and viewing the Saro helicopter production line, Skeeters and Scouts.
    No security, no one seemed to mind , halcyon days in fact.

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    According to this it was DBR during taxying trials:
    https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1439148/

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    Probably saw you wandering around EB at that time! I remember the Halcyon with engines fitted (Walter Mikrons?) but never saw it moving. My attention was moving towards four wheels and the possibilities that presented. Saro was a joy to behold, probably saw every Skeeter and P.531 (Wasp) produced!
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    A picture on my website at the link - scroll down to Hampshire Aero Club....
    http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/ah1900/prod3.html

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    Contemporaneous reports explained that it was damaged during taxiing trials and as a result it was not completed and scrapped.
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    A good account of things related to the building of the Halcyon can be found in John Isaacs book 'Aeroplane Affair', as previously mentioned the machine damaged during taxying trials. Put into storage and subsequently burnt!
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    Thanks for the input, and photo links ollieholmes and daveg4otu. That's just like I remember it in the hanger, but with the engines in place.
    The fuselage looks like it was quite a complicated to build wooden structure, what a shame to its sad demise, and never flying.
    Quite a quirky looking thing, I like quirky.
    Thanks all for inputs in refreshing this oldish enthusiasts happy early aviation memories.

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    You might find it interesting to take a look at http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=7671.0.

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