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D-EDRS Slingsby T.67C-3 Firefly c/n 2083 - Bonn-Hangelar airfield in Germany - 3 May 2022 Flugplatz Bonn-Hamgelar (EDKB)

The Slingsby T.67 Firefly is a two-seat civil and military primary trainer. The Slingsby Firefly is a development of the Fournier RF-6B further developed by Slingsby Engineering Ltd. Production by Slingsby started with nine T.67As, which were basically licence built RF-6B-120s. The first Slingsby T.67A, G-BIOW c/n 1988, flew first in 1981. After re-development of the airplane with maximal use of glass fibre reinforced plastics the T.67B entered production, being the first UK-certified composite aircraft. The prototype of the T.67B, G-BUIZ c/n 1998, was flown first on 16 April 1981, and served as a development machine. A 116 hp Textron Lycoming O-235-N2A engine powers the T.67B. Further development of the aircraft resulted in the Slingsby T.67C Firefly. The T.67C is similar to the T.67B except for its more powerful 120kW (160hp) Textron Lycoming O-320 engine. The T-67C-3 as used by the KLS has wing tanks and a three-piece canopy. Next to the T.67C a military version, the T.67M was introduced. The first T.67M Firefly, G-BKAM c/n 1999, flew on 5 December 1982. 112 Slingby T.67M-260s were delivered as Slingsby T-3A Firefly to the U.S. Air Force's Air Education and Training Command for use as trainer aircraft to screen pilot candidates. 290 civil and military T.67s of all models were built.

In 1990, the RLS bought 9 Slingsby T.67C-3 Firefly for the basic training. They replaced the eight Cessna F.152-IIs operating in this role since 1980. The 1990-built Slingsby T67C-3 c/n 2083 was tested as G-7-140. On 16 January 1991, the Slingsby T.67C-3 was registered PH-SGE with Staat der Nederlanden/Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat/Rijksluchtvaartdienst/Directie Rijksluchtvaartschool, Eelde. When in August 1991, the KLM took over the RLS and transferred it into the KLM Luchtvaartschool: the aircraft were repainted in the basic KLM colours. On 28 August 1991, the PH-SGE was registered with KLM Luchtvaartschool BV, Eelde. After the PH-SGE was withdrawn from use by the KLM Luchtvaartschool, the airframe was sold in to a privat owner. On 25 June 2002, the PH-SGE was registered to K. Stoter; on 9 May 2011 to Hangaar bv and on 13 November 2012 to Trendcom Invest bv. On 23 January 2015, registration PH-SGE cancelled and exported to Germany. On 13 May 2015, the Slingsby T.67C-3 Firefly was registered D-EDRS in Germany with Roland Schaller. On 3 May 2022, Slingsby T.67C-3 Firefly D-EDRS was seen at Flugplatz Bonn-Hangelar still in it's basic KLS colors.

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