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Old 30th Sep 2018, 07:11
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Edit: It's the Miles M.8 Peregrine!
The sole civil example. Photo must have been taken some time between September 1936 and December 1937 (when it was broken up). Possibly at Woodley?

First Miles with a retractable (pneumatic) undercarriage.
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Crikey! Thanks chaps. I said 'I know' as that what it is labelled but my father would have been retired by the time he made the album. It could be Shoreham as, in autumn '36 my father was 13.5 and at school in Sussex. More suggestions welcome. My grandfather took many photos but was not around to identify them later.
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Old 1st Oct 2018, 19:12
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It could be Shoreham as, in autumn '36 my father was 13.5 and at school in Sussex
Lancing College? They had a fine tradition of nurturing aircraft enthusiasts!
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Hurstpierpoint College.
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This at Croydon, again 1930s. The original of the second image is not in sharp focus. Whatever aircraft this was - the engine must have been a real beast to hoist that lot!
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DH.34, Daimler or Imperial Airways.
Crashed July 1925.
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https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=21884
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Built as a DH.34, later modified to DH.34B standard.

Arguably both variants were a tad underpowered with a 450 hp Napier Lion (compared with, say, the DHC Beaver or MH Broussard with the PW Wasp Junior developing the same power).

Note, just visible in the second photo, the triangular passenger door on the starboard side, shaped that way to allow a spare engine to be loaded into the cabin when necessary.

Note also the pilot's access ladder, which flew attached to the aircraft!
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Great info. It looks as if the cockpit was open?
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I would imagine it was a real handful with it's narrow track undercarriage and steep nose up angle on the ground - all the ingredients of a vicious ground looper! The small fin and rudder worries me too.
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Caption to the top pic:

Michael O'Leary's Grandfather started an airline that offered steerage as well as cabin class accommodation to its customers.
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Wikipedia DH 34
This gives the operational history and they ran well - those that did not prang ...
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The accident that befell G-EBBX happened just a few hundred yards from where I am now at home. There is a small memorial on a brick fence pillar. The drop immediately behind the fence is the old Haling Lime Works chalk pit...
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Time for Stinsons and I have a fair number of them as my grandfather held the license to sell in the UK in the 1930s.
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I beleive also at Croydon.
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Crikey! Thanks chaps. I said 'I know' as that what it is labelled but my father would have been retired by the time he made the album. It could be Shoreham as, in autumn '36 my father was 13.5 and at school in Sussex. More suggestions welcome. My grandfather took many photos but was not around to identify them later.
No not a 'Crikey'; that was the nickname of the Westland Whirlwind fighter, probably the best fighter (apart from the Martin Baker MB5) that never was.
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I have no idea who the man on the right was, he could well have been the purchaser of the Stinson. The man on the left is my paternal grandfather.
What specific model of Stinson is it?
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G-AFHB is a Stinson SR.10J Reliant - impressed during the war, came back on to civil register after the war and then went to Kenya as VP-KDK.

The others all appear to be Reliants; there were a lot of versions with different engines and so on.
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Thank You. I find the 'steering wheel' amusing. For a sporty and modern styled machine, it seems surprising to still have this.
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The last photo looks like an earlier Stinson (with the V-strut), maybe an SR-5, of which there were a couple on the UK register.
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The first image shows a Stinson SR-9 Reliant. Six of these were registered in the UK pre WWII. The colour scheme looks right for G-AEVX (first on the register but cannot rule out any of the others as I have no images of them).

Have taken a careful look at the second image in post # 57. It is almost certainly Stinson SR-6A Reliant G-ADJK (c/n 9613). Jackson's BCA Vol III states the a/c was imported for Halford Constant (gent on the right in the image??).. CofA issued 30 September 35. Sold abroad July 37. Jackson lists base as Croydon. G-INFO shows it as Heston.

PS............PAXBoy Many thanks for sharing these interesting photos with us.

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