Tipsy T.66 Nipper

1957

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Tipsy T.66 Nipper

Th Nipper was designed by Ernest Tips, an engineer with the Belgian Avions Fairey Company. His design criteria was to build a rugged, easy-lo-fly single-seat light aeroplane which could be produced or home built. Avions Fairey produced the Nipper in several marques up until 1962, by which time 78 had been built. Cobelavia (and later Nipper Aircraft) acquired rights to build the type in the United Kingdom and produced a further 30 examples. A number of one-off enhancements (often engine or range improvements) have since been made to operational examples.

Specification 
 MODELTipsy T.66 II
 CREW1
 PASSENGERS1
 ENGINE1 x 45hp converted Stamo (VW Beetle) engine
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight330 kg728 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan6.00 m20 ft 8 in
  Length4.56 m15 ft 12 in
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed160 km/h99 mph
  Ceiling3600 m11800 ft
  Range400 km249 miles

Comments
Jonathan Young, e-mail, 02.06.2020 00:35

The aircraft in the photo belong to my dad in 1970 to 1974, based on a private farm strip just south of Bristol.

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Bob Kusterer, e-mail, 02.12.2013 22:30

I flew a Nipper in Belgium in 1967. At the time it was the first single seater I had ever flown. Just get in it and go; a unique experience then. Since then I have flown many single seaters; everything from gliders to fighter planes, but the Nipper was my first; you always remember your first.

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juezui, 18.06.2011 06:43

Specification corection: PASSENGER 0. Look at the photo, where would the PAP be seated?

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Johan Runfeldt, e-mail, 18.05.2011 17:00

Actually the Nipper was stressed to take +6G to -3G loads. So at least I would regard it as more than "semi-"acrobatic.

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Paul Straub, e-mail, 22.11.2010 22:46

The Tipsy Nipper was classified as semi-acrobatic. Although underpowered it was capable of loops, rolls, and other acrobatics when begun from a dive to pick up speed.

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Leon PESCHE, e-mail, 20.01.2010 20:26

Specification corection: PASSENGER 0. Look at the photo, where would the PAP be seated?

Leon

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