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Holleville RH-1 Bambi
The French-built Holleville RH.1 Bambi was designed and built by Monsieur Roger Holleville and flown for the first time on July 27, 1953. It is a side-by-side two-seat aircraft and was unusual at the time to be among self-build types to make extensive use of synthetic resins and sandwich construction. It was originally intended to make construction plans available to clubs and groups, however, the design was sophisticated and plans to market kits were abandoned.
The Bambi is basically of wooden construction and the exceptional cleanliness of the overall design results in an outstanding performance on a 65 h.p. engine.
The aircraft has a low-wing layout and a fixed tail-wheel undercarriage.
The Bambi was initially operated by its designer from Guyancourt airfield to the west of Paris. By 1964 it was owned by Monsieur Gerard Chaplain and based at St Dizier.
It has visited the United Kingdom to attend light aircraft rallies including at Biggin Hill airport in Kent in 1967. The sole Bambi received a 90 hp Continental C90-8F engine in the early-1980s. In October 2001 the aircraft was donated to the GPPA (Groupement pour la Préservation du Patrimoine Aéronautique) which is operating the Musée Régional de l'Air at Angers Loire Aéroport, Marcé near Angers, France. The Bambi is preserved in airworthy condition in the Musee Regional de l'Air at Angers Aerodrome, 20 km north east of the town.
Engine: 1 × Continental A65, 48 kW (65 hp)
Wingspan: 8.38 m (27 ft 6 in)
Wing area: 9.9 sq.m (107 sq ft)
Length: 6.71 m (22 ft 0 in)
Height: 2.24 m (7 ft 4 in)
Empty weight: 289 kg (637 lb)
Gross weight: 499 kg (1,100 lb)
Maximum speed: 200 km/h; 108 kn (124 mph)
Cruise speed: 169 km/h; 91 kn (105 mph)
Endurance: 4.5 hours
Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,700 ft)
Rate of climb: 5.5 m/s (1,080 ft/min)
Crew: 1
Capacity: 1 passenger

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