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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201681
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Date:11-MAR-1933
Time:day
Type:Robinson Redwing Mk I
Owner/operator:Robinson Aircraft Co. Ltd.
Registration: G-AAUO
C/n / msn: RA.1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Shoreham, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Gatwick Aerdrome, Lowfield Heath, Surrey
Destination airport:Shoreham, West Sussex
Narrative:
G-AAUO was the prototype Robinson Redwing, a British two-seat single-engined biplane light aircraft built in the UK in 1930. Twelve were produced, selling mostly to Aero Clubs; one aircraft survives. G-AAUO was first registered (C of R 2602) on 11.2.30 to the manufacturers, Robinson Aircraft Ltd., Gatwick Aerodrome, Lowfield Heath, Surrey. C of A 2428 issued 30.4.30. This aircraft, the first prototype, later known as the Redwing I, first flew in May 1930 under the power of a 75 hp (56 kW) A.B.C. Hornet flat four air-cooled engine, but trials during the summer of 1930 suggested that it was underpowered, and a different powerplant was rwquird. As a result, the second Redwing flew with an 80 hp (60 kW) Armstrong Siddeley Genet IIA five cylinder radial, becoming known as the Redwing II. The next eight aircraft were also built as Redwing IIs,

G-AAUO, as it was the prototype, was retained by Robinson Aircraft Ltd throughout its life until it was written off (damaged beyond repair) in a crash at Shoreham, West Sussex on 11.3.33: the main undercarriage leg to broke at the junction with the upper longeron on landing at Shoreham. (This was the "achillies heel" of Robinson Redwings - more aircraft were written off for this reason than any other reason).

Registration G-AAUO cancelled by the Air Ministry in May 1933 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft". It is believed that G-AAUO was broken up for salvage/parts to keep other Robinson Redwings flying

Sources:

1. Jackson, A.J. (1960). British Civil Aircraft 1919-59. 2. London: Putnam Publishing.
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Redwing
3. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/75-register-gb-g-aa
4. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AAUO.pdf
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A1.html
6. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1932/1932%20-%200682.html
7. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4014881


Revision history:

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25-Nov-2017 01:05 Dr. John Smith Added

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