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Tally Ho! S.E.5a Replica Arrives Safely in Oshkosh

Jack Kearby lands at Pioneer Airport
Jack Kearbey lands Thursday, May 27, at Pioneer Airport.

The S.E.5a turns around after landing
Passing EAA’s flowery Compass Hill, the S.E.5a turns around after landing.

Close-up shot of the S.E.5a’s WWI-era Hisso engine.
Close-up shot of the S.E.5a’s WWI-era Hisso engine.

Jack Kearby
Jack Kearbey spent nearly 12,000 hours building his WWI replica flighter.
Photos by Alden Frautschy

May 28, 2010 — Jack Kearbey and his incredible S.E.5a replica arrived in Oshkosh safe and sound Thursday evening at EAA’s Pioneer Airport. Jack, who spent almost 12,000 hours over the span of six years in his tiny garden shed creating his absolutely authentic replica of the famous WWI fighter, made a low pass over the freshly mowed grass strip then touched down as several enthusiasts looked on.

The replica has some original parts, including the Vickers machine gun, landing gear wheel rims, windshield, and a WWI-era Hisso engine.

Jack departed Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, May 25, flying one- to two-hour hops north to Oshkosh. His support crew, Johnny Hagan and Ken Clark, flew along in a Cessna 175. All three headed back south the next day.

The S.E.5a will be a featured aircraft at AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Look for it on display along AeroShell Square with several other WWI replicas from the Vintage Aero Flying Museum, Hudson, Colorado.

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