G-ASML

"Gasmantle"

 

GASMLbovingdon2005

Owned by Robin Vince and based at a private airstrip in Kent, "Gasmantle" was built by R. M. Kirby and first flew at about the time England last won the World Cup in 1966. It was previously operated by Steve Slater from Sywell and Bicester and before that was a regular vintage rally visitor in the hands of Barabara Schlussler and the Fenland Flying Group.
Powered by an 1834cc VW engine, G-ASML is built to Arthur Ord-Hume's "Phoenix Aircraft" plans and was "signed" by the designer during filming of a BBC documentary on the Luton Minor at Sywell in 2004. How many owners of pre-war designs can still meet the designer?
 
(Nice picture, thanks to Andy Smith, whose Cub 'bounced' Gasmantle over Bovingdon airfield, Hertfordshire in August 2005)