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15 Nov 1915, Chingford

16/11/2015

Two one hour flights today, this time in the BE2c. E T Busk had re-used the original fuselage, but redesigned the flying surfaces to make it completely stable. Famously, of course, this was what made it such a sitting duck later on in the war, but in early 1914 no-one realised how the air war would develop.

For the cognoscenti, this is the Biggles Biplane, a replica built in the 1970s using tiger moth wings. But it's a pretty close representation of the BE2c.

For the cognoscenti, this is the Biggles Biplane, a replica built in the 1970s using tiger moth wings. But it’s a pretty close representation of the BE2c.

On his second flight he got lost for 25 minutes in the mist until he managed to spot the reservoir. Interestingly, Chingford airfield is submerged under the reservoir today – presumably it must have been much smaller then.

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