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Britten-Norman BN-1F G-ALZE Finibee
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No: 8082   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Britten-Norman   Country: United Kingdom
Britten-Norman BN-1F G-ALZE Finibee

Photographed at the Solent Sky Museum, Southampton, on 12 February 2009.
In 1951 John Britten and Desmond Norman built and flew this ultra-light monoplane, their first aircraft, which made its first flight at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, on 16 May 1951. However it was another 14 years before their next aircraft took to the air. This was the BN-2 G-ATCT (f/f 13-6-65) later named the Islander. Just over two years later the first production aircraft(G-AVCN) was delivered and from that time onward orders and production snowballed.
The two designers had first met in 1947 at the de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School, and formed their company in 1953.
Picture added on 01 March 2009
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Solent Sky Museum, Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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G-AVCN is being restored by the Britten-Norman Aircraft Preservation Society on the Isle of Wight, and is expected to be rolled out in time for the 50th anniversary of the type, in June 2015.
About 600 Islanders remain in service.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 30 October 2013.
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