PIERRE BREGERIE COLLECTION
No. 11992. Socata TBH.20 Colibri (F-WHGQ c/n 1227)
Photographed in 1995, by René Hirsch
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Socata TBH.20 Colibri

06/15/2013. This aircraft was originally built in 1991 as a TB.20 Trinidad. Subsequently it was converted to test the so-called gust-absorption (gust alleviation) surfaces developed by René Hirsch, giving it a very specific planform. In fact it was a continuation of the research done by Hirsch with the Hirsch-MAéRC H-100, and later with the converted Gardan GH-80 Horizon (F-WREI).

As an experimental aircraft it was registered as TBH.20 (the H donating Hirsch) Colibri, with the test registration F-WHGQ. It was first flown by Jean Caillard and Michel Barry at the Aérodrome Toussus-le-Noble, near Paris, on March 16, 1995, last flight was made on March 12, 1999. The aircraft was converted back to a TB.20 Trinidad and was registered F-GSZJ to the Aero Club 'Leon Morane' of the SOCATA company on April 27, 2001.

Created June 15, 2013