This page is dedicated to the memory of Maurice
Brett, who died on 6th March 2003 after a long illness.
Maurice found Papa Xray tucked away in the back of a rural English hangar, it not having flown for 20 years, and rebuild her to her present very high standard over a three year period from 1990 to 1993. It is with pleasure and with thanks to his excellent workmanship that we are honoured with owning and flying such a beautifully restored aircraft.
Bless you, Maurice.
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|Burnham fly-out 25-26 June 2005.
A rare occasion indeed; all six pilots of Papa Xray in one place at one time.
L to R: Shawn, John, John, Rob, Clare, Simon
|Sunset flying! January 2005|
|21 November 2004.
Dave Nuss spends a brief visit to Leicester with his wife Mandy.
We got a flight in before darkness descended.
Dave kindly let me fly his immaculate 75hp 1941 Taylorcraft at Alliance.
|Richard Boyer from Texas spends a
day at Leicester, 19 July 2003. Richard kindly let me fly his 85hp immaculate
Taylorcraft at Alliance 2003
|Fred Johnson of Kentucky spends a
day away from his regular flying duties to enjoy some of the English countryside from a
slightly lower level than his normal view!
|...and in April 2003, Fred brings Capt. Dave Bland along for a tour of the Derby Dales. Here are Dave, Fred and Andy (reserve Taylorcraft pilot) at Gary Ferriman's strip, where we have been inspecting his SuperStinker.|
Papa Xray with a slightly larger taildragger! 10 April 2003
|September 2002, Papa Xray joins in a tour of the French Loire region.||The airport at Nevers had an appealing Art Deco Tower. Note the top wing registration reflected in the tower windows.|
|Rob found his pied à terre!||John & Michael find the ideal spot to watch an airshow (read: take forty winks).|
|On the way home, we pass through the Somme and near Arras, dip our wings to remember those British soldiers from the Great War who died and have no known grave. The Thiepval memorial is inscribed with over 70,000 names.|
|Stately home visit, October 2002, landed on the front lawn!|
|Steve Green from Denver visits the UK and gets a trip in Papa Xray. 16 August 2002|
|Papa Xray on the beach|
|How we replaced our wing tank|
|Gear leg cracks - a very near serious failure|