Tipsey Trainer I aircraft at Eastbach and a view of Lydbrook.
Tipsey aircraft at Eastbach
John wrote (Feb 2008): "....show a Czechoslovakian aircraft the model - a Tipsey. This was constructed before WW2 not assembled, but crated and stored until after the war. It was then acquired by Tony Liddiard ( he worked for the Milk Marketing Board). He restored the plane to airworthiness at Hubert Knight's farm at Eastbach just above Lydbrook in the early 1960s".
"The bottom photo was taken during take off (camera rather shaky!) and is of the Old Cable Works at Lydbrook".
In the top photo, the East side of the Lydbrook valley (Forge Hill?) can be seen in the background to the left.
Thanks also to Mike Edwards who pointed out (Feb 2008): "Tipsy’s were Belgian in origin, being designed by someone called Mr Tips. The most famous design was the Tipsy Nipper, a fully aerobatic single seater powered with a VW beetle engine. This looks like an early Tipsy Trainer. Most of Tips’ designs could be built in your garage or workshop by an amateur".
"The engine, however, is a Walter Mikron, which is Czech by design and manufacture. Good little engines for their time".
"The strip John refers to is one field down the hill from the present airfield. It’s now used for horses, though it was the original Eastbach Farm strip (the current one is known as Eastbach Spence field)".
– the aircraft is still flying! ..
Bruce T. Morgan added (Feb 2009): "... A little extra information on the Tipsy aircraft above. The aircraft is a Tipsy 'B' with a Walter Micron 2 inverted air-cooled engine. The photograph shows the aircraft parked at the top of our present ( Eastbach 'Spence' airfield ) and not the lower airfield as suggested, it is over-looking Joys-Green and Hawsley".
"The aircraft above, at that time,was owned by:- A.Liddiard, B.Morgan and J.Dodsworth. I flew G-AISA on a regular basis for many years and the airfield is still active with 14 resident aircraft of various vintage and modern types".
Ronald Morgan added (May 2011): "... I was just browsing through the Web and came upon your site. I knew Hubert Knight of Eastbach airfield and flew with him from a 30 acre field further along the road he had an Auster Autocrat G AIRB . Also to see myself on photos of Bells Grammer svhool 1953 Ah what sweet memories ..."
Clive Mason added (May 2011): "... Jimmy Hale the owner of Hale&Co the builders merchant from Drybrook used to fly and keep his plane there".
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