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  Percival 
Vega Gull 
 

History

The Percival Vega Gull was a pre-war civilian version of the Percival Proctor, which was also a development of the pre-war Gull. The prototype D.1 Gull (G-ABUR), a three seat tourer first appeared in 1932. This was followed by the D.2 which was more commonly known as the Gull IV. In 1934 Percival introduced the D.3 Gull Six which featured the DH Gipsy Six engine, improved undercarriage and cabin arrangements, but retained the Gull IV folding wing. It was in a Gull, G-ADPR that New Zealand Aviatrix Jean Batten set many of her records.

In November 1935 the four seat K.1 Vega Gull was introduced. Powered by the same DH Gipsy Six engine this introduced dual controls and flaps, and was very successful with 90 being produced up till July 1939.
 

A total of 7 Vega Gulls served with the Fleet Air Arm, 5 of which were impressed in January till March 1940, and another being ex RAF Middle East provided to the RN in Dekheila March 1941.  It was primarily used for training and communication work.

The first Vega Gull P5986 was acquired in May 1939, and the first unit being equipped was 754 squadron at Lee on Solent on 24 May 1939. The aircraft G-AFIT served with 780 squadron briefly from June - July 1940 at the height of threat from Nazi invasion  in the role of converting to naval standards civilian trained volunteer pilots.

The Vega Gull was finally retired on 7 March 1945 when P59867 was paid off from 781 squadron at Lee on Solent.

           Fleet Air Arm history
           Percival Vega Gull
          Total FAA 1939-1945:             7
            First delivered to RN:              5.1939
            First squadron 1939-1945:        754 sqdn
            Last served with RN                Last paid off 3.1945 P5987


Pre-War Percival Vega Gull in Spain

Aircraft Type:
Percival Vega Gull 
Mark:
I , II, III
Primary Role:
training, communications
First Flight:
1935
Date operating with FAA squadrons:
1939-1945
Manufacturer:
Percival 
Engine:
Mk I 
One 200hp DH Gipsy Six I engine 
MK III fitted with 205hp DH Gipsy Six II engine
 Wing Span: Length: Height: Wing Area: 
-
Empty Weight: Max.Weight:
-
Speed: 

Ceiling: 

Range:

-
Armament: 
None
Crew:
1
Squadrons:
752,754,780,781,782
Battle honours:
None with FAA
Additional references and notes:
-

Battle Honours and Operational History
None with the Fleet Air Arm


Australian Vega Gull in Military service



Surviving aircraft and relics
No information - believed extinct

Associations and reunions
No information
FURTHER INFORMATION
 
Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995)
 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to1945'  Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 0 85130 232 7 
 
Created 3-4-1999, Modified 3-4-2000

 

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