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Old 10-08-2011, 05:25 PM
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Well, that makes 2 of them ... this one was near Northampton (at Sywell) in early September. Alongside Steve Noujaim's RV-7 G-IIXF, a year after Steve's feat and 70 years after Alex Henshaw's.

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Old 10-08-2011, 09:50 PM
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Mark Albery Mark Albery is offline
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I must admit it aroused my suspicions too.

A quick bit of investigation reveals the truth:

July 2005 Construction of full-sized static replica of this aircraft, in its modified Cape-Flight condition, underway by Hawker Restorations (Tony Ditheridge/AJD Engineering), Sudbury, Suffolk to represent the aircraft as it was for the 1939 Cape Flight. Fitted with reconditioned D.H Gipsy Six series II engine, built to the correct drawings and virtual flying standard and using the rebuilt original G-AEXF as a pattern. Basic spruce structure fuselage completed first with wings also completed by August 2005. Project funded by the late Alex Henshaw and managed by the RAF Museum, where the replica is displayed, at Hendon. Photos of wings and fuselage under construction, November 2005; Flypast January 2006 p.4; Other photos - Aeroplane April 2008 p.39. Further detailed work on fuselage undertaken at the Northill home of Chris Morris from early 2007. Fitting out of the cockpit was completed by April 2008.
Incorporates some original components from G-AEXF, including cockpit instruments such as the original P.4A compass, tyres and the oil tank.
7 Apr 2008 Delivered to RAFM Hendon and assembled over the following three days. Photo at official handover ceremony, 17 April 2008 ? Flypast June 2008 p.15; Aeroplane June 2008 p.7.
1 May 2008 Suspended from roof of Milestones building.
The original, and much rebuilt, Henshaw Mew Gull G-AEXF survives, still airworthy, with the Real Aeroplane Company at Breighton Aerodrome, East Yorkshire. This is the only survivor of the six examples of the type built.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:20 AM
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Thanks for the clarification. I thought I was looking at the real deal.

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