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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202654
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Date:26-AUG-1935
Time:day
Type:Percival D.2 Gull Four
Owner/operator:Man Mohan Singh
Registration: G-ABUR
C/n / msn: D.20
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Luwinga, Northern Rhodesia -   Zambia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Destination airport:Cape Town, South Africa
Narrative:
First registered (C of R 3641) on 7.3.32 as G-ABUR to Edgar Wikner Percival, Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex. C of A 3521 issued March 1932. The prototype Gull Four was G-ABUR, powered by a Cirrus Hermes IV, and was built at Yate by George Parnall and Company; flown round Britain by E. W. Percival in the King's Cup Race of July 8-9, 1932, at an average speed of 142-73 m.p.h. G-ABUR started with a solid roof but it was later replaced with a fully glazed canopy.

In the following year (1933), G-ABUR was re-engined with a Napier javelin III, it had a top speed superior to many contemporary fighters, becoming well known at civil aerodromes

Sold on and re-registered (C of R 6019) 2.7.35 to Man Mohan Singh, West Croydon, Surrey (aircraft based at Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey).

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 26.8.35 when crashed at Luwinga, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) during Man Mohan Singh's 1935 UK to Cape Town record attempt.

Registration G-ABUR cancelled by the Air Ministry 2.12.36 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"

Sources:

1. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/component/content/article/15-aeroplanes/76-register-gb-g-ab
2. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ABUR.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A3.html
4. http://www.pilotfriend.com/aircraft%20performance/Percival/1.htm
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percival_Gull#Racing_and_record-breaking


Revision history:

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08-Dec-2017 00:02 Dr. John Smith Added

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