Avions Fairey Junior

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Tipsy Junior
Tipsy Junior G-AMVP 1953.jpg
Tipsy Junior G-AMVP at a UK airshow in 1953
Role Sports plane
Manufacturer Avions Fairey
Designer Ernest Tips
First flight 30 June 1947
Number built 2

The Avions Fairey Junior, also known as the Tipsy Junior was a single-seat light aircraft built in Belgium following World War II.

Development[edit]

The Junior was one of a series of light aircraft[1] designed by and named after E.O.Tips of Fairey Aviation's Belgian subsidiary, Avions Fairey. Of wood and fabric construction, it was a conventional, low-wing monoplane with a tailwheel undercarriage and a single seat, open cockpit,[2] though there was the option of a bubble hood.[3] The constant chord wings were almost square ended and the tailplane, fin and rudder also angular. Both completed aircraft were initially powered by the 36 hp (27 kW) Aeronca JAP J-99 engine, later replaced by the more powerful, 62 hp (46 kW) Walter Mikron 2.[2][4]

The Junior, registered OO-TIT, flew for the first time on 30 June 1947 from Gosselies in Belgium.[3]

Operational history[edit]

The first Junior was written off after a hard landing in 1948.[5]

The second example (construction number J.111, registration OO-ULA) was bought by Fairey and taken to England in 1953, where it was registered as G-AMVP.[2][4] In 1957, it was used in a publicity stunt when Fairey test pilot Peter Twiss landed it on the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. For part of its time it had the bubble canopy. Rebuilt after a long time in storage following a forced landing in 1993,[5] it flew again late in 2006.[5] It had a minor landing accident in 2008[6] but had a permit to fly until May 2009.[7]

The Junior did not sell, and the third airframe was cancelled before completion. It was purchased incomplete by Fairey in 1961 and has been under construction in the hands of a number of owners in the intervening years, but never finished.[5]

Specifications[edit]

Flying scale model of Avions Fairey Tipsy Junior, built by Donald Granlund

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 5.65 m (18 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 6.90 m (22 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 1.48 m (4 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 10.5[5] m2 (113 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 220 kg (486 lb)
  • Gross weight: 350 kg (770 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Walter Mikron II inverted inline engine, 46 kW (62 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 174 km/h (108 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 158 km/h (98 mph)
  • Range: 690[5] km (430 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 1,800[5] m (6,000 ft)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Taylor, H.O. (1974). Fairey Aircraft since 1915. London: Putnam Publishing. ISBN 0-370-00065-X. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1960). British Civil Aircraft 1919-59 vol 2. London: Putnam Publishing. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 90. 
  • Simpson, R. W. (1995). Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing. p. 387.