Saturday 10 November 2018

Centenary of the Armistice Approaching - TVAL Sopwith Pup N6205

The Vintage Aviator has built a series of Sopwith Pup reproductions over recent years and their first example is ZK-PPY which was first registered on 9/5/12 and is painted as N6205 of the RNAS from 1917.

The original N6205 was the mount of FSLT J. S. T. Fall in April/May 1917.  He named his aircraft "Betty" after his sister.  The above photo was taken at Masterton on 12/11/11.

 ZK-PPY was originally named "Betty" on both the port and starboard sides.

However, somewhere along the line the Fall family became aware of TVAL's Pup and contacted them to advise that J.S.T Fall had two sisters and he actually painted his other sister's name on the starboard side of the aircraft.  So TVAL changed it and it now bears the name "Phyllis" on the starboard side, as in the above photo taken at Masterton on 23/11/17.

And in America, Kermit Weeks also has a Sopwith Pup reproduction that is also painted as N6205 and bears both the Fall sisters names.

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