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    Does anyone have any idea what sort of aircraft a Vickers Centaur was? The Times reports that on 3/5/1929 a Vickers Centaur aircraft crashed at South Mimms killing aircraftman Richard Frederick Mason, the pilot was unhurt. The aircraft's home station was stated to be Henlow.

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    Hello,

    The pilot was:

    F/O Denys Stanley THOMAS RAF

    Inquest here: The Times. Wednesday, May 8, 1929. p.18.

    And his fate:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/33525/pages/5278

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/33559/pages/8026

    and...

    The Times. Friday, August 2, 1929. p.9.

    Col.
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    Col,

    thanks very much for the follow ups.

    Still looking for a steer to Vickers-Centaur aircraft; anyone?

    DaveW

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    DaveW

    A viable candidate?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Aircraft_Company

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    DG

    A good shout but sadly no. My Putnam British Civil Aircraft describes the few a/c built and states 'the types sole casualty' as being G-EOAR in October 1920. None of the models were operated by the RAF. This is one of those funny little issues that make our hobby so interesting!

    DaveW

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    Dave,
    have a look at :
    http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Bedfordshire/HenlowStAndrewChurchRAF.html

    there is an entry for Mason.

    Paul H

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    Same here...Central Aircraft Co closed 1926. Mentioned with G-EOAR.

    http://www.goldenyears.ukf.net/reg_G-E1.htm

    Read somewhere on the net, the Central Centaur IVA was powered with 100hp Anzani nine-cylinder radial engine.

    http://www.belgian-wings.be/webpages/navigator/photos/civilpics/first_register/CAC%20Centaur%20O-BOTC/central_centaur.htm

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    OK interesting mystery here.

    Apparently there was an Inquest on May 7th. The pilot had instructions to proceed to Eastchurch. He arrived about 11.30, leaving again at 4.15. Mason was with him all day. The Coroner (Dr. George Cohen): Did you have any drink Eastchurch? "Yes, sir, I had some with my lunch. The Coroner: I want to know particularly what drink you that day, the whole day . Thomas replied that had two glasses of gin at East-church, a pint of beer lunch, and glass of port
    afterwards. "

    I cannot get the whole info from news archives but appears they stopped en route at Hendon

    However Hull Daily Mail of May 4 1929 says 'Vickers Venture' as type

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Venture

    Only 6 built so should be easy to suggest candidate from J serials ?? - J7277-J7282

    OK what I could pull out of Google Books

    Vickers aircraft since 1908

    Venture Mk I, Type 94,
    six, J7277-7282, ordered under contract 483332/24 to specification 45/23 at 2,700 each;
    J7277 to 4 Squadron for service trials and then to RAE, on 27 March, 1925;
    J7278 delivered 5 July, 1924, used by RAE;
    J7279 delivered 4 July, 1924 and J7280-7282 on 9 July;
    J7280 used by RAF Henlow and RAE;
    J7282 reconditioned in May 1927;
    J7280 demonstrated to Japanese Army Mission in February 1925; at least one Venture (serial not known) with 2 Squadron.

    Maybe J7280 ?

    Air Pictorial
    , Volume 59

    J7278 joined RAE on October 28, 1924, for general handling it crashed when with No 2 Sqn, but was rebuilt and returned to RAE in December 1925. In 1931 it was testing the RX47recieved up to March when it left the RAE; J7280 was supposed to have served with RAE in 1925-26 but no record of its activities exists


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    Well done Paul! J7280 it is, and DOH! I have it in my database as a Vickers Venture, I was so intrigued by the 'Centaur' bit that I didn't search on the date. Another lesson learned!
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    Hi,

    Again a mystery?

    I have Vickers 94 Venture J7280 crashed 31.10.35 according Bruce Robertson (BRITISH MILITARY AIRCRAFT SERIALS).

    Best regards

    Finn

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