Author Topic: Amateur flying and aeroplanes in the midlands  (Read 3940 times)

avion ancien

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Re: Amateur flying and aeroplanes in the midlands
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2017, 04:43:20 PM »
Have you yet found the photos, pieman?

MikeB1

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Re: Taylor C103 - Wagtail 1937 to 1950
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2020, 04:44:40 PM »
[size=0pt]My father Leonard Bracey and Fred Taylor built [/size][size=0pt]Wagtail, an ultra-light weight aircraft, in 1937/38 for the cost of £15.00. They flew it until late 1948 after which it was sold, Fred Taylor emigrating to Australia in 1950. It was stored at Dunton Hall during the war years but rebuilt from 1945 onward. From correspondence between my father and Fred in the 1980ís it would appear Fredís relatives live in the Gloucester / Cheltenham area and I am looking to contact them. I do not have current surnames but the names I have are Janet, Silvia, Gordon and Audrey. The narrative on the attachment was recording in the 1980ís by my father and digitised by me as part of preserving his recording of the time constructing and flying Wagtail. Can anyone help me to contact the Taylor family?[/size]
[size=0pt]Michael Bracey[/size][size=0pt][/size]

avion ancien

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Re: Amateur flying and aeroplanes in the midlands
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2020, 05:36:07 PM »
Thatís a wonderful photograph, MikeB1. I assume that the two gentlemen in it are your father and Fred Taylor. Which are which?

The caption to the photograph suggests that it was taken at Castle Bromwich Aerodrome in 1948. If so, presumably the Wagtail was flown in and, if so, your father and/or Fred Taylor were chancing their arms, bearing in mind that the Wagtail wasnít registered, didnít have a certificate of airworthiness, etc. Ė although apparently their solution to this problem was to describe all their flights as Ďtestsí which, they concluded, didnít require adherence to the legal Ďnicetiesí!

Do you have any other photographs of the Wagtail or any of the other aeroplanes built by Fred Taylor and your father? If you do, I suspect that Iím not the only person whoíd be delighted to see them.

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Re: Amateur flying and aeroplanes in the midlands
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2020, 07:33:35 PM »
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Re: Amateur flying and aeroplanes in the midlands
« Reply #15 on: Today at 04:05:51 PM »
Was that the actual colour scheme?

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Re: Amateur flying and aeroplanes in the midlands
« Reply #16 on: Today at 05:15:37 PM »
just a guess i can make it any colour you    like O0
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Re: Amateur flying and aeroplanes in the midlands
« Reply #17 on: Today at 05:31:40 PM »
Artistic licence, then!  :)