No. 9594. Brochet MB 50 Pipistrelle (F-WFAL c/n 02)
Photographed at Talmont Aérodrome, Les Sables d'Olonne, France, September 1949

Brochet MB 50 Pipistrelle

12/31/2009. After the prototype, the first amateur-built MB 50 is pictured above, with contributor Pierre Bregerie in the cockpit. The aircraft was constructed by André Rochier and Lucien Bregerie, Pierre's father, and fitted with 40-50 hp Train four-cylinder air-cooled inverted in-line engine, previously used on the Potez-CAMS 160 flying boat (first flown June 20, 1938).

It was first flown in 1948, registered F-WFAL, being reregistered F-PFAL after receiving its CofA. In 1967 it was sold to the UK where it was registered as
G-AVKB on April 17, and ca. 1977 the aircraft was re-engined with a 65 hp Walter Mikron III four-cylinder air-cooled inverted in-line engine. After having been flown in the UK for 42 year by ten successive owners it was deregistered on February 24, 2009.

Read also the remarks in photo 10897 and 9996.

Created December 31, 2009