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Percival Type D3 Gull Six monoplane G-AERD

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Maroon and silver Percival Type D3 Gull Six three seat cabin monoplane. Fitted with a single in-line air cooled 200hp De Havilland Gypsy Six Engine. Marked with the aircraft's registration number "G-AERD" in silver on the fuselage and wings. Aircraft constructor's serial number D65.

Collection name
Neil Jensen collection

Collection statement of significance
The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. Percival’s Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

Percival Aircraft Company Limited

Mr Edgar W. Percival

Place made
Gravesend, Kent, England

Place assembled
Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Date made
1936 - 1937

Place used
Geneva, Switzerland
Owned and operated from Switzerland from 1937-1977

Place used
Area of operations from 1937-1977

Place used
Area of operations from 1977-1983

Date of event
First sold to Miss Ariane Defaux in Geneva and registered as HB-OFU.

Date of event
Involved in an accident in 1942 and not flown again until 1946 when it was repaired.

Associated period
1946 - 1977
Swiss owners recorded during this period include Alfredo Habib and J Augsberger

Date of event
Returned to England to aircraft restorer Cliff Lovell. Entered on the British Register G-AERD

Date of event
Badly damaged at Thruxton, Hampshire

Date of event
Repaired and returned to the air in March 1983, and was acquired by Neil Jensen in Redhill shortly afterwards

Canvas, Wood, Metal - non specific, Paint - non specific, Rubber, Plastic - non specific

Length: 7540mm
Width: 11000mm
Height: 2250mm
Weight: 531kg

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