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Dallas Carrad, e-mail, 05.12.2022 00:15

My father George Carrad many years ago said that he had won a whippet in a game of father lived in wanganui at the time and worked at wanganui hospital as a radiographer. He had a radio shop in his fathers shop in the main street .at one stage he was assembling harley davison motor bikes.I asked him why he didn't take it . The reason it would have been too expensive to repair. Worth now???

Viv Woon, e-mail, 07.12.2020 00:07

I am the oldest grandson of Toby Bennett. I was Born in Whanganui in 1947. I am currently researching my grandfather's role in the rebuilding of Austin whippet ZK-ACR that he purchased from Percy. Also a history of the whippets that were imported to New Zealand.
If you wish, I will send you a copy of the paper on completion.
I would be interested in any relevant images and stories that you might have on the subject.

Mark Gordon, e-mail, 04.10.2020 10:53

Hi Simon,
This reply is about 12 years too late, however I do have a prop from an Anzani engined Austin Whippet. Cheers, Mark

Carl Coleman, e-mail, 07.05.2015 13:48

Re Austin Whippet aircraft owned by my grandfather Percy Coleman of Wanganui. Any person wishing to contact me can do so via the following email address :

james Stringer, e-mail, 04.05.2015 17:09

Carl and Dallas. please be kind enough to let me know the outcome of your research. e-mail on

Dallas carrad nz, e-mail, 07.03.2015 07:01

If carl would leave his email address I will contact him about the whippet

Carl Coleman, e-mail, 12.08.2014 05:46

The Austin Whippet owned by my grandfather Percy Coleman was sold on to a Mr W R Bennett, not "won" by any Mr Carrad. Unless Mr D Carrad (Jnr) has proof otherwise, such statements are misleading to say the very least. I would welcome contact and proof positive to verify the statement.

dallas carrad, e-mail, 28.02.2012 23:54

my father georgecharles carrad won a whippet off a mr coleman at whannganui

Ian Kingsnorth, e-mail, 16.02.2012 16:16

We at The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum in Doncaster have a full size model (replica) of the Whippet which is on display in our hangar. your welcome to come and visit of course. best regards Ian

James Stringer, e-mail, 30.11.2011 12:42

I would very much like to get in touch with Carl Coleman regarding the Whippet owned by his Grandfather. have tried the e-mail address but it was not recognised. Please be kind enought to contat me at:
Many thanks. Jim Stringer - V.P. The Vintage Austin Register.

Robin Morton, e-mail, 05.09.2011 21:41

One-eighth scale plans of the Whippet were published by Aeromodeller Plans Service as FSP 480. They are not listed under 'X-List' plans any more, but I have a rather battered set which I could copy. Full details about the aircraft were published in 'Flight' magazine for 14th August 1919, pages 1076 et seq.
Regards, Robin Morton, Chedworth, Glos, UK.

Barry Collins, e-mail, 02.09.2010 17:28

I have a 90% finished 1/5th scale model. If anybody would like to complete it they can collect it with full research info. and colour scheme swaps. Contact me on above e.mail address.

Carl Coleman, e-mail, 04.01.2010 13:13

My grandfather, Percy Coleman, owned one of the two Whippets that were sold in New Zealand. If anyone has any information of it's survival or demise, I would welcome any contact. I do know that my grandfather's last flight in the Whippet ended with a crash into a corn field after clipping some powerlines during take-off. I have quite a few photos of the plane (including the aftermath of the crash).

Norm McKelvey, e-mail, 26.09.2008 00:49

I had heard and driven in an Austin Whippet car but never taken notice of an Austin Whippert aircraft despite being an aircraft enginneer all my life until we had a recent enquiry at our Museum. Regrds, Norm

Simon van der Werff, e-mail, 26.01.2008 15:38


We own a anzani 6 cilinder engine the same as used on the whippet. we are going to use it on a pietenpol aircamper.
we like some more information about the engine and the dimensions of the prop.

Regards Simon van der Werff

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