Edgar Percival (Lancashire) E.P.9
1954
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Edgar Percival (Lancashire) E.P.9

Edgar Percival formed a new company in 1955 to build the E.P.9 agricultural aircraft and a batch of 20 was begun, the first flying in December 1955. Powerplant was a 270hp Lycoming GO-480. In 1958 a new company, Lancashire Aircraft Corporation, was set up and the type named Prospector. In all, 28 were built including one uncompleted airframe; a number were exported, mostly to Australia. G-ARDG was a one-off Mk II with a 375hp Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engine.

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James Veale, 14.05.2016

Manawatu topdressing company operated the only EP9 that operated in NZ. I new the Pilot that flew it on topdressing jobs I rode in the aircraft from time to time. On February 19th 1958 it crashed in bad weather on the way to a job and the Pilot Dave Ballard and a loader driver were killed. Another loader driver survived.

James Veale, 14.05.2016

Manawatu topdressing company operated the only EP9 that operated in NZ. I new the Pilot that flew it on topdressing jobs I rode in the aircraft from time to time. On February 19th 1958 it crashed in bad weather on the way to a job and the Pilot Dave Ballard and a loader driver were killed. Another loader driver survived.

David Baker, 20.07.2014

I flew one of the early EP9s in 1959 at Fairoaks where I was flying instructing at the time. It was on a sales tour, it was definitely the Lycoming powered version and the demo pilot was The Earl of Bective (known to one and all as The Defective Earl!). Perhaps he was the 'madman test pilot' to whom "huaren" refers?! Seemed a good aircraft with a good load capability although it was a little bizarre to look at.

Barry, 25.01.2013

The only reason the MkII was built was so that the Prospector could be exhibited at the Farnborough SBAC show in the days when only all British aircraft could be shown. There is no way that James Percival would have given up using the Lycoming engine for a rather dated Cheetah.

Roy Ogilvie, 24.06.2011

The P9 was buit & designed at Abridge Aerodrome A number where built and used for crop spraying, Laddy Marmold used it as such as it could carry a Ton,being used in Europe & Africa. I changed the engine on that one in under 6 hrs then test flew it, a truly great m/c with a short takeoff & landing

huaren, 20.06.2011

I can't remember the test pilots name but he fancied himself and used to fly the aircraft like a
madman.It looks bloody awfull but it could certainly fly

, 20.06.2011

Edgar Percival (Lancashire) E.P.9
1954

e taylor, 21.12.2009

The view is from the companys factory on Blackburn new rd
Samlesbury with the present B A E factory on the Whalley rd
in the background. I can't remember the test pilots name but he fancied himself and used to fly the aircraft like a
madman.It looks bloody awfull but it could certainly fly

John Newby, 27.01.2009

A bit of a 'nothing' really but I do seem to recollect that the Cheetah was installed to qualify for entry into Farnborough Air Show.

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