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Bits and Pieces, the Original!

By Jack Dueck

There she was, in row 366 in the homebuilt aircraft section, Gus Chisholm’s original Bits and Pieces first flown at Goderich, Ontario, in 1958. Only the second amateur-built aircraft in Canada to receive a flight authority, and still beautiful and going strong.

I met with Brian Harrington, who had flown Bits and Pieces to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 from The Tiger Boys’ airpark in Guelph, Ontario. It took him nine flying hours, and here she was with a total of 732 hours on airframe and engine.

It was a good flight, he said, using about 40 gallons of fuel and taking 12 hours in total time.

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Tom Dietrich, Bob Revell, and pilot Brian Harrington with Bits and Pieces

Current Bits and Pieces owners Tom Dietrich and Bob Revell spoke of their love for vintage aircraft, their collection representing all Canadian aviation history, and their devotion “to keep them flying”.

I’ve been invited to visit their Tiger Boys’ Aeroplane Works & Flying Museum in Guelph and to fly some of their aircraft. I’m going to follow up on it

If I get to fly Gus Chisholm’s Bits and Pieces, I’ll file a Pilot’s Report in some future issue of Bits and Pieces – the EAA Canadian e-newsletter!

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