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brilliant aircraft designed and pilot, Edgar Percival was born in
Albury, New South Wales in 1898.
Following service with the Royal Flying Corp during World War 1,
Percival operated his own charter company in Australia before returning
to England where he was appointed as an Air Ministry test pilot.
interest in aircraft design led him to form his own aircraft company at
Gravesend, Kent in 1934. Percival’s
aircraft were noted for their graceful lines and outstanding
Kingsford Smith flew a Percival Gull Four named ‘Miss Southern
Cross’ from England to Australia in the record breaking time of 7 days
4 hours and 44 minutes. The New Zealand aviatrix, Jean Batten, also used the Percival
Gull to fly from England to Australia in October 1936.
Proctor was the military communications version of the Gull.
It was designed to carry four people in comfort and was powered
by a 200 hp Gipsy Six engine.
the 1960’s the museum acquired the remains of several Proctors, which
had been grounded due to doubts regarding the glue bonding of their
wooden structures. Over a
ten year period one aircraft was built from these remains.
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