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  • kartman
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 266

    Chipmunk G-AOTM (Bristol aero conversion)

    I remember seeing this Chippie at Elstree in the mid 70`s parked with the long term residents on the back row. I had heard it got exported to the States shortly thereafter, it always struck me as one of the best looking Chipmunks i had seen. Does anyone know it`s current state or have any recent pictures?.........Martin
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  • RMR
    RMR
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2007
    • 461

    #2
    From my notes -


    Cancelled from the UK register 26/4/76 as sold to USA;

    N122DH(1)
    Registered 12/5/76 W.G.Dodds & B.C.Hickey; CoA issued 16/7/76;
    R.Dill 28/1/78; CoA expired 15/6/79; CoA issued 9/8/79;
    G.R.Hill & L.F.Wittenberg 3/8/91; registration cancelled 25/10/00;

    I have no further record of this aircraft.

    RMR
    RMR

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    • David Burke
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2000
      • 10031

      #3
      It belongs to a friend in Delaware. It was extensively damaged on the ground when a hurricane went through Georgia circa probably fifteen years ago. It is under rebuild.

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      • kartman
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2000
        • 266

        #4
        Thanks David, do you have any pictures of it you could share with us?.....Martin
        pb::

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        • Dr. John Smith
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Nov 2010
          • 356

          #5
          Chipmunk G-AOTM (Bristol aero conversion)

          Well, to get things going, THIS is a picture of the Aircraft in question

          G-AOTM

          G-AOTM: DHC-1 Chipmunk 22A, To N65312 1976), taken at Wisley 15-9-57, Tony Clarke Collection (source http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhitwo...57626917257590)

          Built for the RAF as c/no C1/0862. Delivered as WP988 on 7/4/1953. Became G-AOTM 11/7/1956 (see http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/Historical...l/G-AOTM-1.pdf for history 1956-1969)

          To N65312 on 26/4/1976 (see http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/Historical...l/G-AOTM-2.pdf for history 1969-1976)

          Later became N122DH. This is what she looked like at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 24/7/2012: http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1359935/. Oddly wearing incorrect RAF makings as "WD288" (c/no C1/0227) and still currently registered as such to a private owner in Cloquet, Minnesota with a C of A to 31/5/2015

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          • RMR
            RMR
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • May 2007
            • 461

            #6
            Originally posted by Dr. John Smith View Post
            This is what she looked like at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 24/7/2012: http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1359935/. Oddly wearing incorrect RAF makings as "WD288" (c/no C1/0227) and still currently registered as such to a private owner in Cloquet, Minnesota with a C of A to 31/5/2015
            This aircraft is/should be -

            G-AOSO
            Registration cancelled 11/8/04 sold to USA;
            N122DH(2)
            Registered 24/8/04 A Klapmier; M.E.Frazier; current on register 2/11;

            This is the second Chipmunk to use N122DH.

            See http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinqu...umbertxt=122DH

            RMR
            RMR

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            • kartman
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jan 2000
              • 266

              #7
              That`s confusing, where is this one now and what number does it carry?

              This is how i remember it loooking......Martin

              picture taken by Jerry Hughes courtsy of Airliners .net

              http://www.airliners.net/photo/De-Ha...C-1/2132721/L/
              Attached Files
              pb::

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              • David Burke
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2000
                • 10031

                #8
                Its exactly where it was in post 3 ! Its in my friend's hangar on his strip in Delaware in a pile of bits! Somehow whilst he was working in the 'noughties'
                someone managed to get the registration reallocated by the FAA.

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                • kartman
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 266

                  #9
                  Thanks for confirming that David, what colour is it now, does it still have the spats and bubble canopy?.......Martin
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                  • David Burke
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 10031

                    #10
                    Its literally a pile of bits ! It was thrown up in the air by the hurricane so by the time its had new wings -new rear fuselage and a new cockpit put together it will be time to decide what colour!

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                    • kartman
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Jan 2000
                      • 266

                      #11
                      That sounds like a lot of work to save a plane, glad to hear this particular one is being saved..........Martin
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                      • hunterxf382
                        Ex-RAF Tech 1978 -1989
                        • Sep 2005
                        • 1026

                        #12
                        Spotted a photo taken at Elstree in 75 which may be of interest:

                        http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft...00651906L.html

                        I'm curious now - what sort of "Bristol Engine Conversion" was this example then?
                        Pete Buckingham
                        Former RAF Engineer
                        Volunteer in Aviation
                        http://hunterxf382.weebly.com/

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                        • David Burke
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Jan 2000
                          • 10031

                          #13
                          Its called a Bristol Tourer -there is another example G-APOY in storage in Norway.

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                          • kartman
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 266

                            #14
                            Thanks for the Elstree shot, that is where i remember it being parked, i also notice the Airdale G-ARYZ parked behind it, i had a number of flights in that as the owner was a friend of my fathers.....Martin
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                            • nostalgair2
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Oct 2011
                              • 347

                              #15
                              Just out of curiosity,whose Dak is that also seen in the photo,?nice colour scheme!

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                              • pogno
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Dec 2005
                                • 1183

                                #16
                                Originally posted by nostalgair2 View Post
                                Just out of curiosity,whose Dak is that also seen in the photo,?nice colour scheme!
                                Its KJ836 from the RAE Farnborough, became G-APML.

                                Richard
                                "Where are you from?"
                                "America" Somebody laughed politely.

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                                • R6915
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Jan 2013
                                  • 148

                                  #17
                                  re Dr Smith's post yesterday and the attached Terry Clarke Collection photo
                                  (G-AOTM: DHC-1 Chipmunk 22A, To N65312 1976), taken at Wisley 15-9-57, )

                                  Two questions just for personal interest....
                                  Was this Chipmunk one of a pair purchased ex RAF by Universal Air Services Ltd around 1954 that languished for a couple of years or so in the then main hangar at Fairoaks?

                                  The photo date of 15-9-57 was this the date and occasion of the first Royal Aeronautical Garden Party held at Wisley? If so I was there and I suspect the year could have been 1956 not '57.

                                  If I am correct, it was also supposed to be the first occasion when Jeffrey Quill and Bill Bedford first performed their popular tight display around the airfield perimeter tail chase sequences in Spitfire AB910 and Hurricane
                                  G-AMAU!

                                  That was and remains a terrific show that still stands up well by comparison with some of today's remarkable events.

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                                  • David Burke
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Jan 2000
                                    • 10031

                                    #18
                                    Kartman -The Airedale is still around currently stored at Spanhoe .

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                                    • Lion Rock
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Jul 2005
                                      • 316

                                      #19
                                      Whilst it is called a Bristol Aero Conversion I always believed its nickname was the "Masefield Tourer" as the mods were designed by Sir Peter Masefield when he was MD of Bristol Aero Company, indeed I beklive he had one as a runabout to commute to/from Filton!

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                                      • Newforest
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Apr 2005
                                        • 8893

                                        #20
                                        Guess you're right! I was thinking you were wrong because I thought the 'Masefield' had a more rounded canopy, but I think now that is propably the 'Super Chipmunk' in the US. Details of Peter Masefield in the article below.

                                        http://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPD...20-%201076.PDF
                                        http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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