Slingsby Type 43, Skylark 3 production list


A development of the Type 41 Skylark 2, with wingspan increased to 18 metres; the following types were produced:

Skylark 3 (or 3A) - Initial version; prototype BGA 735 first flown in July 1955. Most subsequently modified to Skylark 3B
Skylark 3B - cockpit lengthened by 3 inches; some later modified to Skylark 3F standard
Skylark 3C - version of Skylark 3A for Netherlands with strengthened wing spars
Skylark 3D - version of Skylark 3B for North America with strengthened wing spars
Skylark 3E - one-off with modified outer wings and ailerons; subsequently converted to Skylark 3B
Skylark 3F - New tailplane of increased span and reduced chord; enlarged canopy
Skylark 3G - fitted with new ailerons of increased span and reduced chord


Type Ser No. Reg 1 Reg 2 Reg 3 Remarks
3 1014 BGA 735

Damaged at Aston Down 11.7.03; stored at Keevil
3 1027 BGA 739 PH-827

3 1028 BGA 738 G-ARBJ N5563V Hit trees on approach, Lovettsville, VA 20.4.85. For rebuild
3 1029 BGA 736

Keevil - "AXE"
3 1030 BGA 742

Aston Down - "AXL"
3C 1032 PH-250

Broke up in flight, Junin, Argentina 23.2.63
3C 1033 PH-249 BGA 1511
Stored, De Peel, Netherlands
3 1045 BGA 743 LV-DCI

3B 1050 BGA 760 ZS-GDU

3 1054 BGA 756 LV-DCJ
Crashed, Lujan 12.12.70
3B 1058 BGA 761

Long Mynd - "AYF"
3B 1066 BGA 763

Falgunzeon - "AYD"
3B 1072 BGA 762 ZK-GAY
Struck ridge, Mount McGregor, Tararua Ranges 12.12.65
3D 1082 CF-ZCW C-FZCW

3D 1092 N6295C

Extant in USA
3B 1093 CF-ZDH C-FZDH
National Soaring Museum, Elmira, NY
3B 1097 BGA 783 RAFGSA 218
Crashed, Brailes, Warks. 31.5.62
3B 1101 BGA 806 RNGSA CU19 BGA 806 Stored, Midden-Zeeland, Netherlands
3B 1111 BGA 813

Brentor - "BAL"
3E 1125 BGA 840

Crashed .77
3B 1126 BGA 823

Halesland - "BAW"
3B 1134 BGA 844 RAFGSA 234 BGA 844 Wormingford - "BBT"
3B 1139 BGA 861


3B 1140 BGA 864

Milfield - "BCP"
3B 1144 BGA 867

Portmoak - "549"
3B 1147 BGA 871

Parham - "BCW"
3B 1195 BGA 870

Challock - "155"
3B 1196 CF-ZDJ C-FZDJ

3B 1201 ZS-GDC ZS-GDM
Rebuilt with Skylark 4 fuselage
3B 1204 BGA 877 I-CARA
W/o, Pannicchia 22.4.79
3B 1209 BGA 881 ZS-GDB
Cancelled
3B 1215 BGA 885

Sold to USSR
3F 1222 BGA 934 ZK-GCF
Airworthy in New Zealand
3B 1223 BGA 912 RAFGSA 259 HL0602 Cancelled
3B 1224 BGA 913

Crashed on approach, Challock 2.6.89
3B 1225 BGA 914

Crashed on take-off, Bryn-Gwyn Bach 23.6.98
3B 1227 BGA 916

Stored at Feshiebridge
3F 1229 BGA 920

Rivar Hill - "91"
3F 1232 BGA 922

Feshiebridge - "BEZ"
3F 1236 HB-665

Cancelled
3F 1237 JA2034

Cancelled
3F 1238 JA2035

W/o 6.1.66
3F 1239 BGA 925

Portmoak - "BFC"
3F 1242 BGA 931

Crashed on hill, White Combe, Cumberland 29.3.70
3F 1244 BGA 927

New Zealand - "BFE"
3F 1245 BGA 929

Sackville Lodge - "BFG"
3F 1249 BGA 932 RAFGGA 514 BGA 932 Ground looped on field landing, Selby 24.6.84
3F 1276 BGA 950

Keevil - "BGD"
3F 1295 BGA 954

Crashed near Denbigh 8.1.00; in storage at Bicester "BGH"
3F 1296 BGA 957

Falgunzeon - "BGL"
3F 1298 BGA 976

Crashed, Bellarena 1985; fuselage used to rebuild BGA 954
3F 1299 BGA 977 I-KOKO
Cancelled
3F 1300 BGA 980 LV-HHO

3F 1301 BGA 981

Crashed on landing, near Snitterfield 26.7.90
3F 1303 BGA 983

Broke up during aerobatics, Fen Ditton, Cambridge 27.5.61
3F 1304 BGA 985

Chipping - "BHQ"
3F 1305 BGA 987 RAFGSA 293 BGA 987 Crashed after failed aerotow launch, Talgarth 9.1.83
3F 1306 BGA 988

Brentor - "BHT"
3F 1311 BGA 1004

Wormingford - "BJK"
3F 1318 BGA 1011 4X-107 4X-GGB Stored at Beer Sheba, Israel
3G 1320 BGA 1013

For restoration, Dumfries - "113"
3G 1321 BGA 1015

Crashed on field landing, Melton Mowbray 16.4.00
3F 1322 CF-ZDV N65188

3G 1323 BGA 1016

Crashed into trees on approach, Feshiebridge 13.9.90
3F 1337 BGA 1049 HL0601
Cancelled

Aircraft built from kits:

3F WO 1566 CF-MSD

Crashed in river between Princeton and Osoyoos, BC 2.5.71
3F 1715/CR/1 BGA 1023

Portmoak - "BKE"
3F FB/2 BGA 974

Collision with Olympia 2B, Nympsfield 1.7.65
3F FMD 15 ZK-GCC

Crashed, Omaka 2.5.65
3F FMD 16 ZK-GCB

Crashed, St.Bathans Range, near Omarama 31.12.72
3F SSK/JPS/1 BGA 996

Falgunzeon - "BJB"
3F VRT.1 BGA 1251

Chipping - "BUT"

Unidentified Aircraft:

3B ? 29 (Zimbabwe)

Crashed on approach, Gweru


Skylark 2 page

Skylark 4 page


References:

Slingsby Sailplanes - a comprehensive history of all designs, Martin Simons 1996
British Gliders and Sailplanes 1922-1970, Norman Ellison 1971
British Gliders, Phil Butler 1980
Sailplane & Gliding, Bi-monthly

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