Percival Proctor

1939

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Percival Proctor

The Proctor was an important component of the RAF's wartime communications and radio training needs. This low-wing, fixed-tailwheel light aircraft served in large numbers, having been selected against a tender specification, although it was itself developed from the Vega Gull racing aeroplane. The Mk I was produced for communications. Subsequent versions were for radio training, and the Proctor Mk IV featured a larger four-seat cabin, and in some cases dual controls. More than 1200 Proctors were produced, many during wartime by F. Hills and Sons of Manchester. Some continued in service with the RAF until 1955. After the war successful civilian conversions led to new production of 150 Proctor 5 series new civil builds.

Proctor 5

Specification 
 MODELPercival Proctor Mk IV
 ENGINE1 x 210hp de Havilland Gipsy Queen in-line piston engine
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight1588 kg3501 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan12.04 m40 ft 6 in
  Length8.59 m28 ft 2 in
  Height2.21 m7 ft 3 in
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed257 km/h160 mph
  Ceiling4265 m14000 ft
  Range805 km500 miles

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Alan Peacock, e-mail, 20.07.2020 11:30

I flew with Zita Urwin in her Proctor V G-AIET on the 20th May 1948.
also flew twice with Rosemary Rees in her ProctorII G-AILP in Sept 1949 and Sept. 1950. All from Woodley Aerodrome.

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Chris Kemp, e-mail, 23.04.2020 08:48

My first ever flight was in a Proctor based at White Waltham part then and still a part of the West London Aero Club. Does anyone know of a person who owned a Proctor there in the early 50s? I would love to know who triggered my love of all flying machines.

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Anne Ross Cumming, e-mail, 25.04.2017 09:08

As a WAAF wireless operator in WWII I flew over 30 times in the Proctor at No.4 radio school, Madley. Al lovely, reliable little plane.

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Dave Ward, e-mail, 24.07.2015 03:25

We have one at the Alice Springs aviation museum. How does one fold the wings back? Information appreciated.
Cheers, Dave.

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Colin prentice, e-mail, 14.05.2015 15:03

Being a prentice myself and having an uncle who married a proctor I thought was a strange coincidence!

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Geoff Williams, e-mail, 09.10.2012 17:16

My first ever flight was in a Percival Proctor.I was stationed at R.A.F. Box and walked across to R.A.F. Colerne and begged a flight with a Flight Sergeant. Subsequent walks were rewarded with flights in Avro Ansons.

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Lester Stenner, e-mail, 26.09.2012 22:20

Only flew in a Proctor once, 1951 from Blackbushe to Waddington for a Squadron reunion(50 Sqd). The aircraft was owned by a BEA Pilot, and he charged my father 2-10s to have it for the weekend.

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Rich Boatman, e-mail, 22.07.2011 13:47

Does anyone know if there was ever an owners handbook or something published by Percival for the Proctor IV or V that gave performance information - take off distance, landing run, etc?

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Brian, e-mail, 12.06.2011 14:46

As a National Serviceman in the mid-50's, I worked an HF /DF shack in a turnip field near the end of the runway at RAF Swanton Morley. They had a squadron of Proctors, used exclusively to train radio operators. One feature of the training was obtaining a course to steer in morse code from a high-frequency direction finder. I remember the aircraft as a reliable, but unexciting, workhorse in which the pilots were always willing to give the signals boys a joyride when they were making up hours, or doing some night flying practice.

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Pete, e-mail, 06.03.2011 06:43

The Pecival Proctor was the first plane I ever flew in. My brother bought me a flight in 1950 for my 15th. birthday. It was owned by a Mr Rumbles at Luton airport with the registration G-AJEJ. The runway was grass at that time and he even let me handle the controls for a while when we were at a safe altitude.
What amazes me is that I can clearly remember these details sixty years later, when today I can't remember what I went into the garage for.

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David Smith, e-mail, 07.02.2011 13:40

When I was an apprentice at Shorts Seaplane works, Rochester in 1945 /7, there was a Proctor with floats parked at the far end of the factory. I didn't see its coming or going but did take a photo' at the time.

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Dusty, e-mail, 11.05.2009 18:06

Hi
Many years ago I worked on Proctor Mk !-11 - 111 & IVs & would love to get copies of any early pics Please

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Dave Radomski, e-mail, 24.12.2008 08:14

Have photos of Percival Proctor MK V registration TC-TUL circa 1961 in Samsun, Turkey.
Any interest?

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