Posted Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 08:39 AM
I am sorry, but that earlier photo storage provider did not keep the pictures indefinitely, as they had promised.
Yes, this 'torpedo' was made by Sportavia and is a factory option (like the cranked control column, the tail lifting handle and the aerobatic fuel cap) but I have no paperwork, and none of those things appears in the parts list, having been designed later, presumably.
Having bought it in the dark days of winter 2013/2014, I only fitted it for the first time two days ago. I can now tell you that it is better than my Australian home-made one, being less draughty and providing much better illumination of the instrument panel. It does not seem to reduce performance in any way, my cruise speed still being 90 kts with fuel consumption still around 12 lph.
I shall probably (eventually) make a similar one for my Australian RF4D to replace this one.
I think that Dave Hook might still have a proper Sportavia open canopy (torpedo) for sale, but last I heard he was asking the crazy price of £1,000.
And I bet is doesn't have paperwork either!
I think I paid £200 for mine.
Dave's e-mail address: email@example.com
Good luck 😃