A Young Pup

Below:- This is Transavia TSP-1 Pup VH-PSP in the factory at Seven Hills, Sydney, in 1978. At the right hand side of the photo is the tail of the prototype T-300 Skyfarmer, and at far left the tail of another Airtruk is visible behind the Pup’s tail. In the foreground is a rack holding Airtruk fuel tank cover panels, and up against the far wall is a rack holding wing ribs and other bits.

pup 1Below:- VH-PSP being readied for initial engine runs. The original Pup was powered by an 80hp Le Rhone or 100hp Gnome rotary, but this one has an Armstrong Siddeley Genet Major radial of about 140hp. Transavia had a spare Genet Major put aside for a second Pup if one was ordered.

pup 2Below:- Fuelled and ready to start (note the high-tech refuelling station at far right). The Genet has a “shower of sparks” starter – easier and safer than swinging the prop, but much less reliable. Sometimes it takes a lot of trying and adjusting before it will run.

pup 3