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1957 Stampe Et Vertonen SV4C Single-Engined Biplane Two-Seat Trainer/Tourer

Here we are delighted to offer this delightful 62-year old Stampe biplane as a restoration project, process from the sale going to the wonderful Combat Stress charity, the UK's leading body supporting military service veterans' mental health needs. For a century, Combat Stress has helped former servicemen and women suffering from such mental health difficulties as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The work done by this immensely significant charity is life-changing and often life-saving. No other body matches the specialised service and achievements of Combat Stress.

Against this charity-sale background the 1957-built Stampe offered here combines long and successful history with enormous future potential. Formerly UK-registered 'G-AZTR' this Renault 4PO3-engined Stamp SV4C is offered fresh from several years in storage following its r-importation from the USA in the early 2000s.

This aircraft was built originally in 1957 by theSociété National de Constructions Aeronautiques du Nord, paradoxically based in the heart of France at Bourges Airport, in the department of Cher. This French manufacturer built the aircraft under licence from Stampe et Vertongen, the Antwerp-based Belgian concern responsible for the SV4-series' original design. This two-seat trainer/tourer had been conceived for them as far back as 1933 by designer George Ivanov, and it was very much a contemporary rival of the famed British De Havilland Tiger Moth.

While the initial SV4A model was launched as an advanced aerobatic trainer, the following SV4B featured redesigned wings and 130hp de Havilland Gipsy Major engine. Only 35 aircraft had been built before World War 2 forced the company's closure, but postwar war the successor enterprise Stampe et Renard built a further 65 aircraft 1948-1955 as trainers for the Belgian Air Force.

The SV4C variant was licence-built in both France and Algeria, the combined production total reaching 940. These postwar SV4Cs were used widely as a French military primary trainer while many also served in French aero clubs before being sold second-hand to the UK amongst other countries.

This individual aircraft was civilian-registered in France as F-BDEQ for joining the British Registry as G-AZTR, we believe as early as 1974. Before being sent to the USA in the early 2000s it was extensively prepared by Personal Plane Services (PPS) at Wycombe Air Park (Booker) under the direction of leading specialist Tony Bianchi. Once PPS had completed their work, the aircraft was containerised and shipped to the American mid-West.

However, its contemporary owner's plans then changed and the aircraft was preserved in storage until he decided to sell it. A new owner then re-imported it to the UK, where it has survived in storage ever since. The Stampe biplane is renowned as being an eminently enjoyable, open-cockpit, 'wind in the wires' classic. Now - in aid of the admirable Combat Stress charity - we commend this example - after its long years of storage but complete with full engine and airframe logbooks (and LAMS log) - to the enthusiast aviation market....

Will it fir in your hangar?

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