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Standard Built Sopwith Pup

Aircraft Feature: Standard Built Sopwith Pup 2

 The Sopwith "Pup" gets used it its new home at RNAS Yeovilton

This page covers the removal of the plane from its home near Weston Super Mare and its transport to RNAS Yeovilton:

At the end of March, plans had been laid to move the remains of the Sopwith Pup from its owners garage at Winchcombe near Weston, to the Royal Naval Air Station at Yeovilton. The move was also filmed by Bristol BBC for the local BBC six o'clock news.

Bob Richardson and myself felt we would like to get involved with helping, so agreed to meet the transporter lorry at Yeovilton. The BBC had taken longer than expected to get their shots at Weston so the team was somewhat later arriving than we expected. It then took some time for everyone to get security clearance and passes to get into this active Navy facility. The BBC then did their final filming of the lorry entering the site ( apparently security restrictions prevent them from filming within the site )

The plane is to be rebuilt in the corner of a huge new hanger in a remote corner of the site. The appropriate place having been found, everyone helped manhandle the parts for the plane off the back of the lorry and position then around the fuselage, which is the only major part that is so far complete. The other parts in evidence are the tail plane and rudder, which are the only parts with a fabric cover and aerleons and a number of spars, which are all that remain of the wings.

The Pup is now in the position where it will be rebuilt to airworthy "Standard". The estimate for the rebuild, which will largely be done by enthusiastic volunteers is two years. We will revisit Yeovilton at key stages through the rebuilt to capture progress for this minisite:

You can click on any of the photos below to see an enlargement. The enlargements are compressed but print quality versions can be made available by the webmaster

The usual "kit" of bits

Fuselage easily manoeuvred off the lorry by 4 people

Back on  the ground again

Pilots-eye view, one day soon!

Tailplane and rudder

Removal team with Kelvyne Baker, owner on the left

Feature and Photos by Phil Homer