A small dedicated team in Australia led by retired RAAF engineers Ron Gretton and Geoff Matthews embarked on a project to build an airworthy Bristol Boxkite replica, in time for the centenary of the first military flight in Australia, in March 2014.
Unlike the original which was powered by a Gnome rotary engine, this replica is powered by a Rotec R2800, an Australian made seven cylinder 110hp (82kw) radial, designed and manufactured by Rotec Engineering Pty Ltd at Moorabbin, Victoria.
Taxi tests and first flights were carried out on the 11th September. The first flight is estimated to have been at 10 feet above the ground for around 200 meters. Satisfied with this first attempt, Mark Skidmore had one more attempt that day at around 20 feet height for almost 1 kilometer. You can see video of that second flight below.
Full details about this build and the flights can be found in Issue 7 of the TAVAS newsletter, available free to all members.
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