THURSTON TSC-1A TEAL # 8

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G-AXZN Photo: Stephen John Rendle 1972

G-AXZN
Chichester - Goodwood (EGHR)
UK - England, August 29, 1972
Photo: Stephen John Rendle
Large photo at www.airliners.net

Aircraft Data

Manufacturer: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450, Sanford, Maine 04073, USA.
Model: (1) TSC-1A Teal (FAA Code: 8960404)
(2) TSC-1A1 Teal (FAA Code: 8960405)
Type Certificate No: A15EA
Serial Number: 8 (fuselage of s/n 18?)
Manufacturing Date: 1970-??-??
Engine:

Avco Lycoming O-320-A3B 150 hp @ 2700 RPM

Remarks: Converted from Model TSC-1A to Model TSC-1A1 with the installation of wing fuel tanks.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
N2008T 1970-??-?? Manufacturing date, built at Sanford Airport, Maine.  Reserved registration number at factory.
1970-??-?? FAA C of A issued.
1970-??-?? First flight from Sanford Airport, Sanford, Maine.
1970-??-?? Damaged in USA.  Fitted with replacement fuselage c/n 18,
but c/n plate on fin remained as c/n 8.
1970-??-?? Cancelled from US CAR.
G-AXZN 1970-03-16 C of R # R.11492/1 issued to:
Castlemain (Marine) Ltd, / Marinair Transport Ltd.; Christopher Nicoll Murphy, Chichester, England.  
1973-01-13 G-AXZN was approaching Biggin Hill Aerodrome when a broken carburetor-heat cable resulted in the engine stopping in the circuit.  The Teal was put down in a big field about two miles away beside the New Addington estate.  The aircraft suffered a broken undercarriage strut but was otherwise undamaged, and it was left with the intention of repairing it on site and flying it out. Leaving something like that unattended overnight was too much of a temptation to the local vandals and the aircraft was destroyed by arson fire.
1973-01-26 Cancelled from UK CAR as destroyed.
  Sources: G-INFO Website
Stephen John Rendle
Ian Callier

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River Thames, London, England
24 March 1972
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FLYING MP LANDS ON THAMES
      A seaplane landed on the River Thames at Westminster today to bring Dr. Reginald Bennet, MP, from his seaside constituency of Gosport and Farham to the House of Commons.
      His tiny three-seater Teal amphibian skimmed over the river opposite Battersea heliport and bounced five times before settling in the choppy water.
      The pilot, Mr. Christopher Murphy, taxied to a waiting boat to transfer his passenger.
      Dr. Bennet, who flew Walrus seaplanes with the Fleet Air Arm during the war, stepped smartly on board and remarked; "Marvellous. This beats sitting in a traffic jam any day. I wish I had the money to buy one. I would use it every day."
      This flight was made for a Chichester firm of distributors to demonstrate the versatility of the aircraft.
      The 24 ft. long Teal lands on a 750 ft. stretch of water. It costs 8,800.
Associate Newspapers, 24.03.1972

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