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  • GASML
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2005
    • 661

    Bye Bye old friend

    Just delivered G-ASML to her new owner. Amazing how one gets attached to an aeroplane, particularly an old-fashioned old thing like the Luton.

    Still she's going to be well looked-after, on a cracking farm strip in Kent.

    Now the next challenge. What does one go for next? Prime attributes are two-seats (the reason I sold the Luton), classic, taildragger, reasonable farm strip/short field performance and to not cost a fortune to run!

    Aeronca? Taylorcraft? Cub? Jodel? What would you recommend??
    If you like slow-flying aeroplanes:
    www.biggles-biplane.com
    www.lutonminor.com
  • Manston Airport
    Fokker Crazy
    • Jul 2005
    • 4798

    #2
    Originally posted by GASML
    Just delivered G-ASML to her new owner. Amazing how one gets attached to an aeroplane, particularly an old-fashioned old thing like the Luton.

    Still she's going to be well looked-after, on a cracking farm strip in Kent.

    Now the next challenge. What does one go for next? Prime attributes are two-seats (the reason I sold the Luton), classic, taildragger, reasonable farm strip/short field performance and to not cost a fortune to run!

    Aeronca? Taylorcraft? Cub? Jodel? What would you recommend??
    Have you got pictures off this aircraft? and where abouts did you see it too was it Maypole?

    All the best
    James
    Looking forward to the 2010 airshow Season

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    • GASML
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2005
      • 661

      #3
      As its a private farm strip, its not fair to say exactly where it is being based.

      Loadsa Luton Minor pictures, including Gasmantle on the www.lutonminor.com website, which I'll be continuing to look after!
      If you like slow-flying aeroplanes:
      www.biggles-biplane.com
      www.lutonminor.com

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      • Manston Airport
        Fokker Crazy
        • Jul 2005
        • 4798

        #4
        Thanks thats a nice plane there is it easy to fly?

        James
        Looking forward to the 2010 airshow Season

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        • Moggy C
          Moderator
          • Jan 2000
          • 20534

          #5
          I love the look of the Luscombe.

          Mind you I have been seduced towards the Taylorcraft.

          Then there's the classic Auster.

          Or the ubiquitous Cub.

          So little time, so many aircraft - bit like women really

          Moggy
          "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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          • taylorman
            Its Big, Blue, Its an F4U
            • Jul 2005
            • 607

            #6
            Hi GASML,

            An aircraft that I enjoy flying is the Luscombe 8F. A friend of us has one. It is a side-by-side two-seater and has a 90 HP Continental and it cruises at 112 MPH.

            Last edited by taylorman; 7th August 2006, 16:34.
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            • taylorman
              Its Big, Blue, Its an F4U
              • Jul 2005
              • 607

              #7
              aargh Moggy was just before me
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              • ChampMagic
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Dec 2005
                • 35

                #8
                There is only really one choice..... an Aeronca. I have had my Champ just over a year, its great fun to fly, takes me in and out of farm strips no problem and has an excellent view out for a high wing taildragger. Being a low hours pilot I have found it an economical way to get into vintage aircraft flying, I have even ventured to Ireland and France in it.
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                • Auster Fan
                  Dreaming of my PPL
                  • Dec 2003
                  • 1532

                  #9
                  Obviously, I would say an Auster. The purist in me would say a Cirrus or Gipsy powered one. I'm no expert on owning and operating one, but I wonder whether a Lycoming powered Mark IV or V (or J/5 Alpha) would be more practical? There was the J/2 with the 75hp Continental, but they're like hens teeth. I too also have sneaking reagrd for the Luscombe, which I think are rather attractive little aircraft.
                  I like being grey - it means I can worry without it showing!

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                  • wessex boy
                    Talking Baggage
                    • Aug 2005
                    • 1086

                    #10
                    Left-(air)field thoughts:

                    Piston Provost
                    Chippie
                    Lysander
                    Storch

                    although your last requirement may preclude all but the chippie....

                    Cessna Airmaster has caught my eye, but that is a 4 seater....
                    J Atkins - A PPL once More!



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                    • skippyscage
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Apr 2006
                      • 77

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Moggy C
                      I love the look of the Luscombe.
                      Moggy
                      Luscombes are great to fly - get your hands on one and you won't want to let go
                      Paul Filmer - skippyscage photography

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                      • paulc
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Feb 2003
                        • 1072

                        #12
                        GASML,

                        come to Popham on the 17 September - you might find a selection of nice Lucsombe's to look at (wx permitting)
                        http:www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=481

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                        • TEXANTOMCAT
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Mar 2004
                          • 4668

                          #13
                          Steve - before Bod leaps in....

                          BE2C!!!!!!

                          TT
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                          • wysiwyg
                            Retard :)
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 3749

                            #14
                            Pietenpol aircamper is quite similar to a 2 seat Luton. Cubs are nice but probably too expensive. The Vagabond might be a better alternative. Luscombes are nice but could be a bit expensive on maintenance if you later on find corrosion. The Champ is nice but personally I found it a bit dull to fly. Austers are cheap but quirky and getting on a bit. Although some people question their skittishness on the ground, I'd be looking out for a Kitfox (or similar) if I was you.

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                            • Stampe
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Aug 2004
                              • 35

                              #15
                              Rollason Condor I,ve owned one for nearly 30 years ,cheap as chips good ones under 10000 all on permits nowadays rugged few woodwork problems compared to Jodels and superb handling qualities beautifully harmonised.Wide cabin and its got sticks who on earth would want a tailwheel with a yoke and an instrument panel that looks like a forties american car with handling to match. Go www.rollason-condor.co.uk

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                              • wessex boy
                                Talking Baggage
                                • Aug 2005
                                • 1086

                                #16
                                Something from the Miles stable?
                                J Atkins - A PPL once More!



                                Are you an Aero-ist? Then fly with style at www.aero-ist.co.uk

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                                • ChampMagic
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Dec 2005
                                  • 35

                                  #17
                                  who on earth would want a tailwheel with a yoke
                                  Exactly why I went for the Champ!

                                  Cool video of a Champ flying:

                                  http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?...07542802424661
                                  Have fun fly an Aeronca

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                                  • GASML
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Jan 2005
                                    • 661

                                    #18
                                    Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like I'm going to have a lot of aeroplanes to look at over the next few months!

                                    And yes TT, work on the BE-2 replica is still continuing apace! It's getting very tall!
                                    Attached Files
                                    If you like slow-flying aeroplanes:
                                    www.biggles-biplane.com
                                    www.lutonminor.com

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                                    • The Blue Max
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Mar 2005
                                      • 2126

                                      #19
                                      [QUOTE=GASML]Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like I'm going to have a lot of aeroplanes to look at over the next few months!

                                      I bet you wernt to pleased with the Kitfox suggestion
                                      "I see something of the cobra in you Stachel!"

                                      Sywell Airshow 17th August 2014

                                      www.sywellairshow.co.uk

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                                      • ozplane
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Mar 2004
                                        • 1646

                                        #20
                                        The chap who sold his Luton Minor at our strip has now turned up with a Rand KR-2. I remember a Brittania captain commenting on a previous Rand at the strip and saying "the trim tab on my 767 is bigger than the wing on this thing". It distinguished itself by wrapping itself up in a ball at the feet of the new purchaser at the end of the delivery flight. No harm done to the occupant but a disgruntled new owner.

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