1939 FLYING FLEA AIRCRAFT " MIGNET POU DU CIEL " AIRPLANE BIPLANE COLLECTOR
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G-ADRG comes with a letter from a previous owner explaining the history of the aircraft. It appears that this Flea’s front and rear wings were constructed in the late 1930s at the height of their popularity. As with many such Flying Flea projects, it ‘stalled’ at this point and the remainder of the aircraft, including the fuselage, wasn’t completed until 1974 as a display piece for the Skyfame Museum in Gloucester.
When the Museum closed in 1979, it was passed to the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group at Innsworth for use as a travelling exhibit at shows and fetes. After 10 years of good service it went on display near Stratford-on-Avon where it deteriorated rather badly.
It was then acquired by a gentleman living near Cheltenham who undertook a lot of restoration work, including recovering the fuselage, rudder and rear wing in ‘Diatex’ fabric and the fitting of an early Citroen flat-twin 425cc engine. The propeller is from a Tiger Moth which has been cut down and balanced, the original intention being to make the aircraft capable of ground running, which given the Flying Flea’s dubious flight record is probably as close to take-off as it is wise to get.
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