Posted: 8/16/2010 21:53:42
Does anyone know more about the Chipmunk used in the movie? I may own it, and trying to confirm. I had heard rumors so started looking for info. One website lists my tail number, N7DW, as an aircraft used in The Great Waldo Pepper:
Timing wise, it works: the aircraft was imported from Australia in 1972, and was modified to a Super Chipmunk similar to Art Scholl's in 1974. From 72 to 74 it lived in TX as a stock Chipmunk, as shown in the movie (they didn't it change much - just removed the canopy and added the wire wheels/flying wires). The owner who imported it based the aircraft in TX where the move was made, released in 1975. (Doug Warren, the DW in the N7DW, owned it until 1988. See the attached pics.
I'll be happy to share current info about the aircraft if anyone is interested. There was supposedly a FLYING magazine article about the Waldo Pepper Chipmunk - I don't know when, but probably the 1970s. Art Scholl flew it in the movie.
It's had an interesting life since the 70's too. Attached is a link to a hokey ninja movie called the Hidden Jungle, around 1990. N7DW whipped up on the ninas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gt9P_oEkq0&NR=1 Also some other fun movies of it on Youtube.
It looks much the same today except it's painted red and black like the 1939 Travelaire Mystery Ship.
Thanks for anyone's help in confirming N7DW is the same aircraft used in Waldo Pepper.
Files Attachment(s):Waldo Pepper Chipmunk Image.jpg
Posted: 8/17/2010 09:57:17
N202MK Giles 202 S/N 11 Owner
Posted: 8/17/2010 11:14:13
The serno is BF370 or B/F/370. The original serno from the factory may have been C1-0501. Don't know when or why it changed. The Australian registry was VH-BSQ in 1956 then changed to VH-GEB in 1968. It was owned by the Tasmanian Aero Club: http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austb/VH-BSQ.html. See the attached picture.
It was cancelled from their registry in May 1970, from Moorabbin, Australia. It was disassembled in hangar storage from May 70 to May 72 when Doug Warren apparently bought it. Dean Whitaker then Roy Schlemeyer of Odessa TX owned it briefly in route. Doug Warren reregistered as N7DW in May 72. It was a stock Chipmunk 72-74. Mods were completed in Jun 74. So it was in TX, in the right configuration, for the Waldo Pepper filming until sometime in 73 or early 74.
Thanks for the help! Mark
Files Attachment(s):Chipmunk VH-BSQ.jpg
Posted: 8/22/2010 11:10:41
Posted: 8/22/2010 15:16:38
Great clips. I don't know about the engine. I'll check into that. Thanks, Mark