Nash Petrel

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Nash Petrel
Nash Petrel Farnborough 1982.jpg
The prototype Nash Petrel at the Farnborough SBAC Show in September 1982
Role Two-seat utility monoplane
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Procter Aircraft Associates
Nash Aircraft
First flight 8 November 1980
Number built 2
Developed from Procter Kittiwake[1]

The Nash Petrel also known as the Procter Petrel is a two-seat aerobatic or glider tug aircraft. It was designed for amateur production by Procter Aircraft Associates of Camberley, Surrey, England. By the time the aircraft first flew, Procter had changed ownership and had been renamed Nash Aircraft Ltd.[2][3]


Based on the earlier Mitchell-Procter Kittiwake design,[4] the Petrel is an all-metal low-wing cantilever monoplane of conventional design powered by a 130 hp Rolls-Royce Continental O-240-A piston engine. Only two aircraft were built, the prototype registered G-AXSF and one built by apprentices at the British Aircraft Corporation factory at Preston in 1973, registered G-BACA. G-BACA had a serious fault with the landing gear and only flew 15 hours before being grounded.[5] The prototype still exists but without a current certificate of airworthiness. It is presently fitted with a Lycoming O-360-A3A engine.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (pilot)
  • Capacity: 1 (passenger)
  • Length: 20 ft 5 in (6.22 m)
  • Wingspan: 29 ft 4 in (8.94 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
  • Wing area: 136 ft2 (12.63 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.33
  • Empty weight: 1200 lb (544 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1750 lb (704 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360-A3A, 180 hp (134 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 120 mph (192 km/h)


  1. ^ Mondey, David, Encyclopedia of The World's Commercial and Private Aircraft, Crescent Books, New York (1981) p.204
  2. ^ Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1985–86, p. 295
  3. ^ "Founded originally by Roy Procter, Procter Aircraft Associates Ltd. had its name changed in 1980, when Alan Nash acquired a controlling interest. Both Nash and Procter are directors of the company, a subsidiary of Kinetrol Ltd." (Mondey, p. 204)
  4. ^ "Petrel takes to the air" 1980, p. 1951
  5. ^ Cheers 2007, p. 5


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