DETLEF BILLIG COLLECTION
No. 8690. Skandinavisk Aero Industri KZ VIII (OY-DRR c/n 203)
Photographed at Flensburg-Schaferhaus, Germany, by Detlef Billig, August 27, 2006

Skandinavisk Aero Industri KZ VIII

04/30/2010. The KZ VIII was built in 1949 for Sylvest Jensen's Aircircus. Entirely constructed of wood, powered by an 145 hp Gipsy Major X four-cylinder, air-cooled, in-line engine, and registered OY-ACB (c/n 202), the aircraft flew for the first time on November 14, 1949. Flown by Peter Steen the aircraft made over fifty performances all over Denmark in the summer of 1950. It was sold to Switzerland in 1952 where it was registered as HB-EPB to the Swissair pilot Arnold Wagner. On October 13, 1970, it was registered to its first and present UK owner, Robert Mitchell of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.

A second example was assembled from original parts by Rudolf Kloo, an employee of Scheibe Flugzeugbau in Germany, registered D-EBIZ it was flown in the early fifties. In 1972 it was sold to an owners group at Raarup airfield, Denmark, and was registered OY-DRR. In 1989 it was bought Kai Dige Bach A/S, who made the aircraft available to the Danish Vintage Airplane Collection. A KZ VIII replica powered by a 200 hp injection engine has been built by SAS-pilot Hardy Vad of Ilskov, Denmark.

Created February 28, 2009