This diminutive machine was built for
Swissair forerunner Ad Astra in 1930. It was actually used
domestic scheduled services from Zurich to Lucerne, Basle, Bern and St.
Gallen. When ICAO
HB- for the Swiss national markings in 1934 it became HB-IKO.
Around about that time
it had its 115
hp Cirrus Hermes engine exchanged for a 140 hp Armstrong Siddeley Genet
This aircraft is still in
existence and flies fairly regularly in air shows in Switzerland.
Ken Tilley took
of it (below) at Ecuvillens in June of 1996.