In 1996 Phillip Cozens bought the parts of a 1930’s Pobjoy radial engine in a flea market and, as so often happens, then found a second one which he also bought, hoping to make one good engine from the parts of the two. He had always been interested in the little Comper Swift aircraft, which had been powered by a Pobjoy, and as soon as he was confident that he could build a viable engine he started to build a Swift for it. As he didn’t have a complete set of plans, and those that he did have were difficult to decipher, this was a monumental undertaking. It eventually took 15 years to complete the airframe but in December of last year it took to the air. The attached article gives a fuller history of the aircraft type, the extent of Phil’s efforts to build an authentic replica and the obstacles he had to overcome to reach his objective. It also shows the extremely high standard of workmanship he applied to the task.
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