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Desoutter I

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Published on Apr 10, 2012

Copyright © 2012 Malcolm Auld

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Desoutter I
The Desoutter I monoplane was built by Desoutter Aircraft at Croydon. It was based on the Dutch designed Koolhoven FK41. Forty-one British built Desoutters were produced between 1929 and 1931. They were used mainly as air taxis or ambulances. Nineteen were acquired by National Flying Services at Hanworth for use on instructional, taxi and pleasure flying work. Imperial Airways operated one Desoutter for charter work. The Desoutter was improved with the Desoutter Mk II, which had a different engine, brakes, modified tailplane and other detail differences. G-AAPZ c/n D.25 was constructed by National Flying Services (NFS) at Hanworth in 1931 from components supplied by Desoutter Aircraft of Croydon. It made its first flight on August 18 1931. 'PZ was damaged in a landing accident on January 22 1932 at Derby racecourse, however it was flying again by April of that year. It was then sold to William Samuel Stephenson, but remained in its orange and black colours. It was flown in the 1933 Kings Cup air race by Flt. Lt. Don Eyre, and finished in fourth place with an average speed of 116mph. It was also flown in the 1934 Kings Cup race by Flt. Lt J.B. Wilson, but was forced to retire due to engine problems. In May 1935, 'PZ was sold to Richard Shuttleworth. It arrived at Old Warden on January 5 1936 for use by Richard's Warden Aviation company. In May 'PZ was modified to near Mk II standard, with a 150hp Menasco Pirate supercharged engine, DH Puss Moth wheels, Bendix brakes, and modified fin, rudder and windscreen as well as other changes. It was painted in blue and silver, and flew again on January 17 1938. During WW2 'PZ was not impressed into the RAF and spent most of the war stored at Old Warden, but made at least three flights in camouflage with RAF roundels, but still wearing its civil registration, underlined in red, white and blue strips. It made its last flight in September 1942. It was exhibited statically at Hendon in 1951 and at Torbay in 1971. Restoration to flying condition started in 1985 by a mainly volunteer team at Old Warden. It made its first flight after restoration on January 26 1998. There were a few engine problems that have been resolved and G-AAPZ made its first public display on May 7 2000. However it suffered aileron flutter on it third display flight on 4th June 2000, and has been grounded pending an examination. Height: 7ft Length: 27ft Wingspan: 36ft Engine: one 115hp Cirrus Hermes II

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