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Beagle Pup G-AVDF : Return to the Skies

Beagle Pup  G-AVDF : Return to the Skies

Beagle Pup – G-AVDF – Return to the Skies
Anne Hughes and Andy Amor

This is the story of G-AVDF from before the first flight using the preserved reports of every flight, the analysis and evaluation of its test flying and the minutes of board meetings as well as first-hand accounts.

This unique, British prototype light aircraft was built at Shoreham in 1967 by Beagle Aircraft Ltd. and was intended to be a forerunner of many more designs in the British aviation industry for private flying. Launched on 8 April 1967 it flew as a test aircraft for two and a half years. The Beagle Pup prototype was put on display at the Paris Air Show in 1967 and hailed as a winner with orders placed across the world.

In 1969 G-AVDF was used briefly as a test-bed for the military Beagle Bulldog before being left, partially dismantled, in the back of the hangar. When Beagle went into administration in 1970 it was moved from Shoreham to Duxford and to Brooklands before being rescued by a private buyer in 1993.

A restoration to flight at that time was thwarted and the aircraft was kept in a farm shed for over 17 years before a plan for her restoration to flight was put into place. Taken to Turweston Airfield in 2015 the aeroplane was dismantled and lovingly restored over the next five years, a process requiring expertise and reverse engineering. The restoration being financed by the aircraft’s owner, David Collings.

A4, softback, 96 page, 150 photos, colour side views

Price: 17.50


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