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1942 Piper J4-E Cub

Our Piper J4-E is a wonderful restoration project, and came to us with damage to the turtle decking behind the cockpit which will prove a rather easy mend. We will be looking into fitting floats and a higher output powerplant on this bird.

This is a blueprint for a J3 cub
This is a blueprint for a J3 cub, which is much thinner

 

Slingsby built replica Se5a

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Battlefind.com has been fortunate enough to be able to re-acquire aircraft that were once a part of our Family in the 1960’s and into the 70’s, in both Ireland and the USA. I was a child in Ireland in the early 70’s and spent many hours playing amongst the 14 aircraft housed at Powerscourt Estates, owned by Lynn Garrison, and leased to many major motion film projects. Of note, this Slingsby built replica Se5a aircraft was flown in the films Darling Lily, Aces High, Zeppelin, Von Richtofen and Brown, and made a brief cameo appearance in the background of the final ground scenes in the Great Waldo Pepper; One of my all time favourite films.

Roger Corman working with the camera operator while installing motion cameras on Se5a during the filming of Von Richtofen and Brown
Roger Corman working with the camera operator while installing motion cameras on Se5a during the filming of Von Richtofen and Brown

 

We have two in our possession, with two others legally in our name, but still yet to be located and recovered. It is madness to think that someone would steal an aircraft, but our Fokker Dr.1 Triplane suffered the same fate- TWICE. It has surfaced that the second theft which occurred while the registered owner was out of the country was committed by his own son. That individual was just fired from Continental airlines where he was a senior A+P, and had a habit of sleeping on the job- for decades. Frightening to think such a thing happens…but it does. Yep, that is my brother, Anthony Garrison.

Another odd thing that these old birds experienced was an occasional use in advertising. These Se5a of ours were covered with floral wallpaper, using Heinkel glue. Yep, they made wallpaper glue. Only thing is, as soon as they were airbourne, the stuff came right off!! See the photo below.

Notice the damage to the paint from the wallpaper glue peeling away in flight
Notice the damage to the paint from the wallpaper glue peeling away in flight

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Dawn patrol- Not quite...
Dawn patrol- Not quite…

1943 BMW R-75

This R-75 Elephant was built with a mix of original and aftermarket reproduction parts, with mixed results. It looked stunning, and ran like a top. Started with the first kick, but the gearbox was finicky. Getting reverse, while keeping 4th as an option proved rather difficult, as these are shim adjusted. One must tear down the gearbox each time.

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It was sold to a collector on the East Coast, who enjoyed it completely. On demonstration in the new owner’s exclusive neighbourhood, we pulled three donuts in his front lawn, much to the consternation of his Wife, who witnessed the whole thing from the living room window.

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The Blue Max Triplane – The oldest Dr.1 Triplane in the world

Our triplane is a truly special old bird indeed.

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Being one of two Dr1 Triplanes built by Bitz Flugzeugbau in Germany in 1966 for the film industry, it rapidly became highly popular and well recognized as one of the stars of many classic aviation movies like The Blue Max, Von Richtofen and Brown, and others. The fleet of World War One replicas, owned by ex-RCAF fighter pilot Lynn Garrison’s [link to bio page] “Blue Max Aviation”, was based at Baldonnel  before being moved to Weston Aerodrome at Leixlip.

BMW R-75 built in 1942

Battlefind.com has been involved in the recovery and restoration of many rare WWI and WWII vehicles over the decades. We found this old “Elephant” in Poland in the late 90’s, and decided to go ahead with a full restoration.

 

 

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It was imported into the USA and sold to a collector in Texas, who proudly displays the machine in re-enactments and local museums.