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  • topspeed
    Get on uppah !
    • Jan 2009
    • 2660

    Clutton FRED !

    Anyone know about this ?

    http://cluttonfred.info/contact#.Uu4bK2dWGUk

    Looks pretty cool and yet simple.
    If it looks good, it will fly good !
    -Bill Lear & Marcel Dassault


    http://max3fan.blogspot.com/
  • G-ASEA
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Feb 2006
    • 1411

    #2
    A few have been built in the UK. I knew some one who had one, but sold it.

    Dave

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    • Propstrike
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Mar 2004
      • 4010

      #3
      If you wanted a FRED you could probably get one almost free, ie a permit expired example that might need a few days tickling back into life.

      The market has moved on a lot, and these very basic local bimblers with marginal performance have very much been side- lined, such that they are virtually given away now.

      And yet they do still offer real seat-of-the pants group A flying, and there is much fun to be had, especially if you can share your bimbling with a few other like-minded nutters in similar machines.

      see here

      http://www.pprune.org/private-flying...lown-fred.html

      An advert in the superb LAA mag might well lure one out of storage, or even identify one of the few flyers.

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      • Chewbydoo
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • May 2009
        • 90

        #4
        You could probably trawl one up by doing a search on G-Info; check the de-registered section too.

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        • TwinOtter23
          NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
          • Jan 2006
          • 7775

          #5
          A Series 2 FRED, G-BJAD is on loan to and displayed at Newark not for sale though and still to be covered!
          Find out what's happening at newarkairmuseum.org
          Please help move Chinook ZA717 to Newark Air Museum

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          • John Green
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2011
            • 6643

            #6
            Until fairly recently there was a FRED flying regularly from White Waltham. Might still be there.

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            • Propstrike
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Mar 2004
              • 4010

              #7
              Originally posted by John Green View Post
              Until fairly recently there was a FRED flying regularly from White Waltham. Might still be there.

              Recently... well compared to the end of the last ice age, yes! You might be thinking of Luton Minors.

              In fact it was 2000 when Martin puttered away in ZT to the east for the last time, destination Kent. He squeezed it into a fairly tricky strip, and got the train home remarking ''Thank Feck I don't have to fly that bl++dy thing again!'' Three forced landings, one of them on fire, had cast rather a long shadow over the whole FRED experience, during his four year ownership.

              The new owner had his very own 'FRED experience' on one of his early flights.

              Still, cheap flying, very stimulating, lots of pub stories !

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              • John Green
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2011
                • 6643

                #8
                Re 7

                Propstrike or, should I write 'young Propstrike' It isn't until you become a bit venerable that time speeds up !

                Anyway, it's barely fourteen years for God's sake - don't nitpick !

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                • topspeed
                  Get on uppah !
                  • Jan 2009
                  • 2660

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Propstrike View Post
                  Recently... well compared to the end of the last ice age, yes! You might be thinking of Luton Minors.

                  In fact it was 2000 when Martin puttered away in ZT to the east for the last time, destination Kent. He squeezed it into a fairly tricky strip, and got the train home remarking ''Thank Feck I don't have to fly that bl++dy thing again!'' Three forced landings, one of them on fire, had cast rather a long shadow over the whole FRED experience, during his four year ownership.

                  The new owner had his very own 'FRED experience' on one of his early flights.

                  Still, cheap flying, very stimulating, lots of pub stories !

                  Why did it catch fire ?
                  If it looks good, it will fly good !
                  -Bill Lear & Marcel Dassault


                  http://max3fan.blogspot.com/

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                  • John Green
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Mar 2011
                    • 6643

                    #10
                    Originally posted by topspeed View Post
                    Why did it catch fire ?
                    Topspeed


                    Think speed and friction !

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                    • Propstrike
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Mar 2004
                      • 4010

                      #11
                      Originally posted by topspeed View Post
                      Why did it catch fire ?
                      Blew out a spark plug, and red hot gasses ignited an oil line.

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                      • Flying-A
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Oct 2007
                        • 461

                        #12
                        Blew out a spark plug
                        Maybe that's why he's now Dr. Diesel (and flying slightly smaller planes):

                        http://www.cafes.net/doctordiesel/

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                        • hunterxf382
                          Ex-RAF Tech 1978 -1989
                          • Sep 2005
                          • 1026

                          #13
                          Funnily enough, and example of one of these (G-BMOO) will be in attendance at an event I've just been posting about, and ground running it's rather nice engine too!

                          See THIS THREAD
                          Pete Buckingham
                          Former RAF Engineer
                          Volunteer in Aviation
                          http://hunterxf382.weebly.com/

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                          • topspeed
                            Get on uppah !
                            • Jan 2009
                            • 2660

                            #14
                            Originally posted by hunterxf382 View Post
                            Funnily enough, and example of one of these (G-BMOO) will be in attendance at an event I've just been posting about, and ground running it's rather nice engine too!

                            See THIS THREAD

                            http://www.homebuiltairplanes.com/fo...ion-log-6.html

                            Fred being built.
                            If it looks good, it will fly good !
                            -Bill Lear & Marcel Dassault


                            http://max3fan.blogspot.com/

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                            • topspeed
                              Get on uppah !
                              • Jan 2009
                              • 2660

                              #15
                              Fred in english color; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RPIzqjJ5_E
                              If it looks good, it will fly good !
                              -Bill Lear & Marcel Dassault


                              http://max3fan.blogspot.com/

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