Rare World War I fighter plane rebuilt near York

Only 3 prototypes were ever built during the Great War, and now experts at the Yorkshire Air Museum, near York, are rebuilding an Eastchurch Kitten.

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First World War fighter rebuilt

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Volunteers Brian Watmough and Grant Sparks - two of the restoration team in flying gear of the First World War.

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The size and vulnerability of the Eastchurch kitten is apparent when next to the SE5A the most successful fighter plane of World War I.

Both these planes will be on display in Leeds city centre on may 21st as part of a World War I "Living History" event.

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A Female tester pilot with an original Eastchurch kitten.

Rare First World War fighter plane rebuilt

A rare First World War fighter plane has been rebuilt by experts at the Yorkshire Air Museum.

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Only 3 prototypes were ever built during the Great War, and now experts at the Yorkshire Air Museum, near York, are rebuilding an Eastchurch Kitten.

An attempt was made in the 1980s to essentially build one from scratch stalled in 1987.

Now experts at the museum have taken control of the project.

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The Eastchurch Kitten was to tackle the threat posed by Zeppelin airships and was planned to be launched from platforms on battleships, cruisers or even torpedo boats.

It was to be a ‘disposable’ aircraft, to simply go up, intercept and shoot down the airship, then ditch in the sea.

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