De Havilland Chipmunk G-BAPB – WB549 at AT Aviation
WB549 is the very first British Chipmunk with an interesting history displayed for the first time at Farnborough in 1949 by test pilot Pat Fillingham one of De Havilland’s test Pilots. Following trials WB549 was posted to the Empire Test Pilots School at Farnborough and today she has the approval to display the ETPS standard (crests approved).Subsequently the aircraft was bought by Hawker Siddeley’s MD and civilianised in 1973. Now owned by a former RAF and BOAC Pilot – turned city – merchant banker WB 549 has had the benefit of a investment, making this first of type aircraft one of the best and lowest timed examples in the world.
YEAR: 1949 MAKE: De Havilland MODEL: Chipmunk REG NUMBER: G-BAPB – WB549 AIRCRAFT TYPE: Single AIRFRAME HOURS:3133 hours TTSN. Sub 2 hours from full restoration ENGINE HOURS: The engine has been Zero-Houred by Vintech in 2019. Sub 2 hours from overhaul. PROP HOURS: TBA PROP OVERHAULED: TBA AVAILABILITY: EGTU VAT STATUS: PAID LAST ANNUAL: TBA LAST ARC: TBA
Becker Radio 8.33, transponder and new wiring throughout.
WB is currently fitted with 12 gallon tank wings (ie. a Mk 22A).
Copy of John Derry et al test pilot logbooks for initial flights.
WB has had 3 owners since 1973 and has just completed a total restoration to its 1949 RAF paint scheme at Vintage Fabrics Ltd. (sliver/yellow bands/RAF roundels). On the 3rd of March 2020 she had her first test flight with Clive Denney and is now ready for release to the market subject to agreed terms and conditions.
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