Slingsby built replica Se5a

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We have  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.

Below is a day well spent with my good friends from Pearson Air Museum in 2010 Memorial Day.

A few volunteers from Pearson Museum joined me in 2010 to assemble one Se5a for Memorial Day in Waterfront Park, Portland Oregon

A few volunteers from Pearson Museum joined me in 2010 to assemble one Se5a for Memorial Day in Waterfront Park, Portland Oregon- Joshua Staley, Jim Lucas USMC Ret., Nate Gelbard, and Lou, please forgive me for not recalling your last name. Charming, none-the-less, and all helped a TON.

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…

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Here is a photo of it in the shop in Ireland circa 1972 and below that, one taken by myself in 2013 at Pearson Airfield.

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EI-ARI(01) – Currie Wot-SE5A at Kells 9 Sep 73
EI-ARI(02) – Currie Wot-SE5A at Powerscourt 5 Jun 77
EI-ARK – Currie Wot-SE5A at Powerscourt 20 Jul 75
EI-ARK (02) – Currie Wot-SE5A at Powerscourt 5 Jun 77
EI-ARL (01) – Currie Wot-SE5A at Kells 9 Sep 73

 

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