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The Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England has been working to rebuild an original Airco DH.9 recovered in India. The aircraft is being restored to an airworthy standard and will be powered by what is reportedly the only airworthy Siddeley Puma engine in the world.

The team recently ran the engine for the second time, and filmed the results. Click the link below to hear the sounds of this exceedingly rare engine.

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BBC News recently visited Guy Black’s Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England and reported on their current projects, which include a Sopwith Pup and an Airco DH.9 – one of two discovered in an elephant stable in India and acquired after many years of negotiation.

The Pup is being built for a customer, while the DH.9 will be restored to airworthy condition and offered for sale. The machine is the second DH.9 to be restored by Retrotec, the first being a static display that is now part of the collection of the Imperial War Museum. The current restoration will carry the machine’s original War Department certificate as well as the only airworthy Siddeley Puma engine in the world. The DH.9 is slated for completion this year and is expected to fetch roughly £2 million.

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An effort by Leicestershire-based charity The People’s Mosquito, Ltd. (TPM) to return a de Havilland Mosquito to UK skies has taken a major step forward with the announcement of a contract with East Sussex-based Retrotec, Ltd. to construct and test the machine.

The deal will provide Retrotec’s restoration experts with full access to TPM’s massive collection of Mossie engineering drawings and allow the aircraft to be to constructed in the UK. TPM Managing Director John Lilley states: [click to continue…]

The Historic Aircraft Collection’s newly restored de Havilland DH.9 E8894/G-CDLI will reportedly make its first public appearance at the upcoming Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford.

The aircraft is one of two DH.9s discovered in an elephant stable in India and restored by Guy Black’s Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England. While the first example (D-5649) was rebuilt for static display at the Imperial War Museum, this second DH.9 was restored to airworthy status and is powered by the only airworthy Siddeley Puma engine in the world.

The aircraft will be on static display at the Air Tattoo, which runs from July 14-16. Afterward, it will reportedly begin finally assembly at Duxford (in public view) in preparation for its first post-restoration flight.

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Earlier today, Sopwith Pup N6161 took to the air for its second flight following a full restoration by Retrotec of East Sussex.

The Thulin Le Rhone-powered aircraft will reportedly be included in the Historic Aircraft Collection’s upcoming “At Home” event at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on November 12th. The gathering will provide visitors with an opportunity to meet the HAC team and listen to talks on several of the collection’s aircraft, including Hawker Fury K5674, Hawker Nimrod K3661, Hurricane P3700 and Spitfire BM597, the last of which will be open so guests can take a seat in the cockpit. Exclusive videos, DH.9 components and a Rolls Royce Merlin engine will also be on display.

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Yesterday, Sopwith Pup N6161 performed its first post-restoration flight from the Imperial War Museum, Duxford with pilot Dodge Bailey at the controls.

The Le Rhone-powered aircraft was reconstructed to exacting standards by Retrotec in East Sussex and is believed to be the first original Pup to take to the air since the early 1920s.

The aircraft will be collected by its new owner, although future plans remain a mystery.

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Earlier today, the Historic Aviation Collection’s Thulin Le Rhone-powered Sopwith Pup performed its first taxi tests at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford in preparation for its upcoming maiden flight.

As previously reported, the aircraft was reconstructed by Retrotec in East Sussex and includes “original Sopwith factory and period Sopwith Pup components”. The machine is painted in the colors of N6161, a Pup flown by George Elliott which was captured and repainted in German markings after being forced down over Bredene in 1917. Original parts from N6161 have survived and were incorporated into the build.

The aircraft will be test flown at Duxford before being acquired by its new owner. Click below to check out a video of today’s test.

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The Duxford-based Historic Aircraft Collection recently welcomed a Sopwith Pup which will soon perform its maiden flight.

The Thulin Le Rhone-powered aircraft was reconstructed by Retrotec in East Sussex and includes “original Sopwith factory and period Sopwith Pup components”. The machine is painted in the colors of N6161, a Pup flown by George Elliott which was captured and repainted in German markings after being forced down over Bredene in 1917. Original parts from N6161 have survived and were incorporated into the build.

The aircraft will reportedly be temporarily based at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, where it will fly its test schedule before being collected by its new owner.

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A Sopwith Pup project at Guy Black’s Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England performed its first engine test earlier this week.

The aircraft, powered by a Thulin-Le Rhone rotary engine, is being built for a customer and was said to sound great and run “really clean”. It appears to wear the markings of N6161, a machine that operated with 3 Squadron RNAS prior to 1917, when it was captured intact and repainted in German markings.

Click here to check out a video of the test.

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On Saturday, the Historic Aviation Collection (HAC) delivered the wings and tail feathers of their newly restored de Havilland DH.9 to Duxford, where the aircraft will participate in HAC’s “At Home” event.

The aircraft is one of two DH.9s discovered in an elephant stable in India and restored by Guy Black’s Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England. While the first example was rebuilt for static display at the Imperial War Museum, this second DH.9 was restored to airworthy status and will be equipped with the only airworthy Siddeley Puma engine in the world.

HAC restores and flies a collection of vintage piston military aircraft, participating in various events around Europe. Their “At Home” event, the last before the start of the display season, will take place at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in Duxford on April 16th. In addition to the new DH.9, visitors will have “unprecedented access” to the collection’s attending aircraft, including the opportunity to sit in their Spitfire Mk. Vb (BM597). Pilots and ground crew will offer viewpoints on operating the aircraft and will guide spectators through the collection with anecdotes, exclusive video footage (only available at the event), and an in-depth talk on the Bf109 in IWM’s Battle of Britain hangar.

The team is reportedly working on the DH.9’s engine and hope to have the aircraft flying during HAC’s 2016 season.

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