VH-EPI Beagle B.121 Pup 160
Here's a new Beagle Pup 160
emerging out of its crate from England at Mascot in October 1970.
Its only U.K. identity
was the B Class rego
Above photo by Roger McDonald.
Beagle went bankrupt in 1969. At the time there were at Mascot several
aircraft in various stages
of assembly that belonged to
Beagle. VH-EPI was one of them. It had been
assembled but not
flown. Others were
fully registered, others wingless, some were still in crates. The
around the Flight Facilities building while efforts were made to revive
Beagle. The military Bull-
dog program was sold to Scottish Aviation but
the Pup was history and the liquidators sold off the
stock of aircraft parked around the world.
However before it could be sold, poor old VH-EPI
was flipped in a storm
resulting in the damage seen in the photograph below by David Carter,
taken on 8 May 1971. . Clearly, a buyer was subsequently found
managed to restore it.
Keith Brooks, a UK
Beagle connoisseur indicates that, in all probability, Scottish
sent out a new fuselage from their stocks of
surplus inventory. In the
event it was finally
registered on 25
August 1975 to R. B.
Davis, and later went on to other owners and is
currently registered. The lower shot from the Keith Brooks
collection shows it at Bankstown
in latter years.