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Percival Mew Gull for FSX/Prepar3D

Percival Mew Gull for FSX



Flying Stations is pleased to present the Percival Mew Gull for FSX and Prepar3D.

Credits:

Philip Chandler - 3D Model, Gauge Programming, Flight Model, Textures, Testing, Flight Model
Steve Beeny - Web Guru

Percival Mew Gull: Aircraft History

The Percival Mew Gull was a short run of six aircraft designed for use in the European air racing circuit of the 1930s.  Unlike the short course racing popular in the USA, and still taking place at Reno every September, this involved courses over extended routes of the order of hundreds of miles, combined with a handicapping system that ensured the majority of competitors would arrive at the finish line at the same time.

Aircraft G-AEXK started life as ZS-AHM, built for A. M. Miller to take part in the Schlesinger Race from Portsmouth to Johannesburg.  Retiring at Belgrade due to engine problems the aircraft returned to the UK and rapidly passed from Bill Humble to Alex Henshawe re-registering it at the same time.

Realising that the trick to winning the handicapped air races in which he was taking part was to fool the handicappers as to the aircraft’s true potential Henshawe only took part in a handful of races, winning the 1937 Folkestone Trophy and 1938 King’s Cup.  Following this, and having already taken in hand a number of modifications for the latter race, in 1939 the attempt was made on the London – Cape Town – London record with the aircraft further modified with additional fuel capacity and navigation instruments, namely a gyro compass.

Percival Mew Gull for FSX

In a triumph of aviation that barely beggars belief in the days of GPS, pressurised aircraft and near universal communication, the attempt was successful despite numerous encounters that could have resulted in aircraft and pilot disappearing without a trace.  For a full account no better recommendation can be made than to read the pilot’s own account in ‘Flight of the Mew Gull’.

The record stood until 2009 when Charles Stobbart became the first person to beat it, flying an Osprey GP4 homebuilt composite aircraft.  Alex Henshawe’s time was 4 days 10 hours 16 minutes for the round trip, it took 72 years to reduce that to 3 days 15 hours and 17 minutes.

Aside from Alex Henshawe only one other person ever flew G-AEXF in the configuration as modelled, to that end the performance should be taken as representative rather than exact as no accurate figures exist.

Percival Mew Gull for FSX