Sold at auction by Ministry of Defence Aircraft & Engines to Duncan Cumberlidge for £22,971.25 (inc. VAT!).
Assigned UK Registration G-BZDU, Registered Owner being Matthew R. Clark.
Matthew Clark granted an Exemption “to fly in or over the United Kingdom without bearing the nationality and registration marks assigned by the CAA” (and renewed in 2003, 2006).
Ferried by Neville Gardner, RAF Newton (EGXN) to Duxford (EGSU), for conversion to civil T.22 standard by Aircraft Restoration Co.
Gardner’s logbook records flaps squawked ‘INOP’ due to broken operating cable. Aux tank was still installed on this flight.
Registration transferred to Duncan F. Cumberlidge, Trustee of T10 Flying Group
Pre-purchase evaluation flight by RGW (Eric Stevens PIC), from Eshott (EG18).
First Chipmunk landings … and from the back seat!
Ownership passed to
Richard G. Wilsher,
Ferried by Rod Brown from Eshott via Sturgate (EGCS) – 1.6 hrs – to Denham (EGLD) – 1.3 hrs.
Ferried by RGW to Thruxton (EGHO) for Export Certification and shipping to USA (by Peter Tuplin).
G-BZDU cancelled this date.
14.9 hours flown in UK since RGW’s ownership.
Uncrated and reassembly commenced at Rust Strip (GA08), by Robert Rust Jr.
Form AC 8050-1 submitted to register as
First flown in USA (contiguous 48) under N 918HF.
Robert Rust PIC.
Second flight by RGW, emulating RRJr’s ‘victory’ roll.
Formally registered as
To AirVenture 2010 (KOSH).
Chipmunks to Oshkosh 2010
Oshkosh to new US base, Chino (KCNO).
Re-registered N 833WP
Chipmunk’s 70th anniversary.
Warbirds In Review with Steve Buchelt /
N 26JR and Mark Meredith / N 7DW.
Moved from Chino to Orange County (KSNA).
‘Trans-Continental Loop’ Stage I
KSNA to Manassas (KHEF) as operating base for RAF100 events. RAF Open Day at Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Complex, Dulles International (KIAD).
Temporarily hangared at Manassas.
“What made arriving at KIAD today very cool was that on my very first visit to the USA (1996). I was on the jump seat of a ‘Speedbird’ B.747-436, landing at Dulles on runway 01R and today I landed my Chippie on the same runway from the opposite end, 19L (I crossed the threshold at 200′, eventually landed and added power to keep the tail up until vacating on K7 for the museum – the runway is after all 11,500′ long)!”