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The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, British Columbia is nearing completion of their second Sopwith Pup replica for Vimy Flight, part of Canada’s national First World War commemoration program.

The aircraft, fitted with a Lycoming engine, is built from an Airdrome Aeroplanes kit and wears the colors of N6181, “HMA HAPPY” flown by Flt Lt. Lloyd Breadner of 3 Squadron, RNAS. When complete, both Pups will be shipped to France to participate in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9.

As previously reported, the team recently overcame a significant setback which required sourcing new engines for both aircraft. The first replica has already performed several flights and is said to be performing flawlessly.

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The Canadian Museum of Flight’s Sopwith Pup replica returned to the air last week for its first air trials with a newly installed Lycoming engine.

The museum is working on two full-scale Sopwith Pup projects as part of Canada’s national First World War commemoration program, however, their participation in a flypast marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April was recently called into question. During a test flight on January 12th, one of the machines suffered an engine failure after experiencing overheating. Although the pilot was able to restart the engine and land safely, the engines for both machines were deemed unusable. [click to continue…]

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Two Sopwith Pup projects scheduled to participate in the Vimy Ridge centennial ceremony in April are back on track following a significant setback last month.

During a test flight on January 12th, one of the machines suffered an engine failure after experiencing overheating. Although the pilot was able to restart the engine and land safely, both engines were deemed unusable, casting a shadow of doubt over the ability to obtain suitable replacements before the machines are transported to France for the centennial event.

Thankfully, Canadian Museum of Flight volunteer Dave Beales and the Saskatoon Air Museum have stepped forward to offer spare powerplants, while Pro Aero Aviation donated an engine rebuilt kit – all of which were “gratefully accepted.”

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A Sopwith Pup built by volunteers of the Canadian Museum of Flight for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge has been temporarily grounded after the engine overheated and stopped during a test flight on January 12th.

A museum volunteer witnessing the flight recalled a heart-stopping moment as the Pup was “going down”, and although it looked as if it would crash into trees near the airport, pilot Allan Snowie was able to restart the engine and land without incident.

The engine, reportedly sourced from South America, has now been deemed unusable, but the volunteers behind the project have decided to press forward and source new engines for both of their Sopwith Pup replicas, which are slated for shipment to France to perform a flypast of the Vimy Ridge Memorial on April 9th. [click to continue…]

The Canadian Museum of Flight has reported that the first flight of their Sopwith Pup replica was performed yesterday evening from Langley, British Columbia.

As previously reported, the aircraft is the first of two Pup projects taken on by the museum to participate in Vimy Flight, part of Canada’s national First World War commemoration program that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The conflict, fought from April 9-12, 1917, saw four Canadian divisions capture the strategic location from three German divisions, suffering heavy casualties in the process. The two Pups, as well as a four Nieuport kitplanes, will be shipped to France to perform a flypast of the Vimy Ridge Memorial on April 9th. They will then participate in an educational tour across Canada before becoming part of a permanent exhibit at the museum.

The VW-powered aircraft was built from an Airdrome Aeroplanes kit and wears the colors of N6205, “BETTY” flown by Sub Lt Joseph Fall of 3 Squadron RNAS. Pilot Allan Snowie stated that “she flies beautifully”.

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On Sunday, VIMY Flight carried out their mission of performing a flypast of the Vimy Ridge Memorial during the commemoration of the WW1 battle’s 100th anniversary.

The effort was the culmination of months of preparation and marks the role played by the RFC during the conflict, which saw four Canadian divisions capture the strategic location from three German divisions, suffering heavy casualties in the process.

The team of dedicated volunteer pilots and builders, which operate as part of Canada’s First World War Commemoration Program, had their replica aircraft transported to France aboard an RCAF C-17 Globemaster last month. Among the machines were four reduced scale Nieuports and two full-scale Sopwith Pup kitplanes built especially for the occasion by the Canadian Museum of Flight. [click to continue…]

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The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, British Columbia has begun engine/taxi tests for their newly completed Sopwith Pup replica, which will take part in Vimy Flight – part of Canada’s national First World War commemoration program.

The full-scale aircraft is one of two Pups built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, an event which saw four Canadian divisions capture the strategic location from three German divisions, suffering heavy casualties in the process. The two Pups, as well as a four Nieuport kitplanes, will soon be shipped to France to perform a flypast of the Vimy Ridge Memorial on April 9, 2017. They will then participate in an educational tour across Canada before becoming part of a permanent exhibit at the museum.

The newly completed Pup employs a fabric-covered aluminum airframe and is powered by a VW-type 2332cc long-block engine. It wears the colors of N6205, “BETTY” flown by Sub Lt Joseph Fall of 3 Squadron RNAS. Click below to check out footage of the recent engine/taxi tests, as well as a video showing three Vimy Flight Nieuports during a recent training flight.

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On Friday, the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, British Columbia held a press conference to unveil their new Sopwith Pup replica.

The aircraft is one of two Pup projects initiated by the museum as part of Canada’s national First World War commemoration program. In April 2017, both machines will travel to France along with four additional WW1 aircraft to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The new Pup was built from an Airdrome Aeroplanes kit and wears the colors of N6205, “BETTY” flown by Sub Lt Joseph Fall of 3 Squadron. Power is provided by a 2332cc long-block engine (based on Volkswagen air-cooled types) which was converted for aircraft use by Great Plains Aircraft of Oklahoma.

As previously reported, it is hoped that both machines will be airworthy by late 2016.

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Sound Venture Productions has announced that the Canadian Museum of Flight will formally unveil its new Sopwith Pup replica at a press conference on Friday, June 17th.

The aircraft is one of two Pups that the museum is building as part of Canada’s national First World War commemoration initiative. In April 2017, both machines will travel to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge along with four additional WW1 aircraft.

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The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, British Columbia is making swift progress in their effort to build two Sopwith Pup reproductions to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 2017.

The two full-scale Airdrome Aeroplanes kitplanes were built by volunteers in Holden, Missouri and shipped back to Langley earlier this month. The airframes, which consist of steel tube fuselages and aluminum wing panels, were then assembled and displayed at the museum’s Member’s Day event on October 17.

Museum members will spend the winter preparing the two Pups for flight. It has been conirmed that one of the machines will be painted in the colors of N6181, “HMA HAPPY” flown by Flt Lt. Lloyd Breadner of 3 Squadron, RNAS. It appears that the second will wear the markings of N6205, “BETTY” flown by Sub Lt Joseph Fall, also of 3 Squadron.

It is hoped that both machines will be airworthy by late 2016. In 2017, they are scheduled to be shipped to France to participate in the commemoration event for the Battle of Vimy Ridge along with three Nieuports. After their return to Canada, they will perform a tour visiting schools and events throughout the country, including Canada’s 150th birthday in Ottawa on July 1, 2017. Following all of this, the two Pups will be formally gifted to the museum and will become part of a permanent exhibit.

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