Proctor I makes debut public appearance

Whitby, Yorkshire-based Paul Gliddon’s Percival Proctor I VH-UXS made its public debut at the Tyabb Air Show in Gliddon’s hands on 10 February, nearly five years after its first post-restoration flight at Latrobe Valley Regional Airport, 90-odd miles west of Melbourne.

Restored to fly by Brian and Damien Turner’s Latrobe Valley Airframe and Welding, with assistance from Paul Gliddon during each Australian summer, the Proctor made its first flight for nearly 50 years on 29 April 2019. But the COVID-19 pandemic the following spring curtailed flying for a couple of years, although the 210hp de Havilland Gipsy Queen 2 engine continued to be run up regularly.

Paul and Liz Gliddon also own the UK-based, 1935-built DH87B Hornet Moth G-AHBM, a 1944 Morris Motors-manufactured DH82A Tiger Moth, G-ANLS, and the ex-Jan Cooper, 1935-vintage Aeronca C3 G-ADYS. The Proctor is expected to join the rest of the Gliddon fleet in the UK sometime in the future.

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