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PART 1 - A history of Slingsby T50 Skylark 4 (BLW) by David Weekes

BLW’s HistorySlingsby T50 Skylark 4Serial 1342BGA 1063The first CofA was issued on 30th August 1962. Its original colours were fuselage, fin and rudder – Ivory W3, wings, tailplane and elevator – Blue M35.Presumably, on loan from Slingsby, BGA 1063 was first flown by HCN (Nick) Goodhart, on 1st September 1962.It was then prepared for the February 1963 World Championships and shipped to Junin in Argentina where it was allocated competition number 31.The Skylark 4’s were outclassed by more progressive designs and Nick Goodhart and 1063 came 11th.

Nick Goodhart landing at Junin

Note the 550 km aerotow retrieve – those guys were tough!1063 was returned to the UK and purchased by the Polish Air Force Association (PAFA) Gliding Club.The PAFA comprised Polish personnel who had served with the RAF and who had been unable to return to Poland after 1945.The PAFA GC formed one of the original components of the Lasham Gliding Centre.BGA 1063 was allocated competition number 303 to commemorate the F…

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