I guess lots of forumites will have fond memories of this venerable old girl
Looking through the logbooks she did 13 hours one June day in Weston... is that a record?
Bye Bye BFP
Only mistake made with her was that someone thought it an improvement to fit electrical flaps
Am also proud to say that I flew the first Rallye to come to Ireland, EI-AMD, on the day she arrived in Weston in, I think, April 1962 : flaps were, as they prpoperly should be, manual
She was the first tricycle-gear trainer in Ireland
May they both share a deserved golden cloud!
At least part of it will continue to fly on for the foreseeable future.
Will miss BFP upon which I had logged a lot of hours over the past seven years - including my second "first solo" in August 2003 (after a 17 break from flying).
As HUM says the Koliber is a good replacement with more more, greater range and get up and go.
Fortunately I missed her already on one occasion:o Not her fault though.Bob wrote:Sad to see her go alright. There will be many who will miss her.
A quick check of the logbook reveals that it was the very first Rallye I flew back in September 1982, Tim Luffingham was the Instructor, later of British Airways. After that I flew BFP on an off until 1987.
It certainly wasn't a four seater, even with three you could scrape a tail on landing. Don't ask me how I know. I remember on one occasion being unable to climb much above 2500' with two big lads on board. Well who needed to fly that high in a Rallye? At Weston it was standard to fly a 250' circuit within the perimeter of the field. But I used to fly at 300' because it felt 'safer'.
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