ZUBLJ GK1

An informal register and background to South African aircraft. Please take the time to read the 'Before you post', or your entry could be deleted.

Moderator: Moderators

User avatar
whisper
Steep Turn Left
Posts: 309
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:47 am
Location: PE
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by whisper »

Designed and built by the late Garth Kopke. Powered by Honda 1600 DOHC driving prop via HTD toothed belt. Under belly radiator ala P51. Very very sweet handling, fast aircraft. Stays with an RV6 :D Pics taken near Paradise Beach around 2001?? Flying pic taken by Peter vd Velden as I recall??
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
User avatar
Wingnutter
Too Tousand
Too Tousand
Posts: 2619
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:14 pm
Closest Airfield: Chek Lap Kok VHHH
Location: Hong Kong
Has thanked: 189 times
Been thanked: 231 times

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by Wingnutter »

Love the look of this aircraft - reminds me a bit of the Mew Gull. Is it still flying? How successful was the Honda Conversion?
I seem to remember that you had one in a Citabria / Decathlon at one stage, Whisper?
"Pilots take no special joy in walking"
User avatar
whisper
Steep Turn Left
Posts: 309
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:47 am
Location: PE
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by whisper »

its the same engine I had in the Citabria. The aircraft went to Kuruman for a few years and is now in JHB...Tedderfield I think.....
User avatar
Ray W
10000 and still climbing
10000 and still climbing
Posts: 19752
Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:17 pm
Closest Airfield: OR Tambo
Location: Atlasville.
Has thanked: 3377 times
Been thanked: 1098 times

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by Ray W »

She is at Bara as far as I know - that's where I last saw her
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Old age & treachery will triumph over youth & skill
User avatar
whisper
Steep Turn Left
Posts: 309
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:47 am
Location: PE
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by whisper »

spats back on.....and generally looking good........obviously gone to a good home....Garth would be very happy :D :D
User avatar
noelotten
Too Tousand
Too Tousand
Posts: 2617
Joined: Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:01 pm
Closest Airfield: Grand Central
Location: Home
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 12 times

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by noelotten »

Was at BaraGee for a few years but is now at Tedderfield. The owner did have some problems with the engine!

Noel
The words "cheap", "aviation" and "safe" cannot, in my opinion, be used in the same sentence; not unless you add the word "not"! ... John Howse 1947 - 2010
User avatar
FlyKR
HASSELL checks
Posts: 279
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:42 am
Location: JHB
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by FlyKR »

Yes, the GK1 (Baby Mustang) is now based at Tedderfield.
It’s taken me some time to get all the problems sorted out but she is now airworthy and has all her paperwork up to date. :D

I’ve flow her a few times and must admit it’s not the easiest plane to fly, you basically apply throttle, point it in the direction you want to go and hang on for dear life. :shock: :shock: I’m finding the landings the most difficult to master as the landing speed on the reef varies between 80-85mph (anything less and she just sinks to the ground) over the fence …a 1km runway is just too short but I’m getting the hang of it. :) :)

Below are some photo’s taken over the last year…
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Only real pilots can fly KR's
User avatar
FlyKR
HASSELL checks
Posts: 279
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:42 am
Location: JHB
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by FlyKR »

One more... :)
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Only real pilots can fly KR's
User avatar
whisper
Steep Turn Left
Posts: 309
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:47 am
Location: PE
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by whisper »

Taking off at Paradise Beach........
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Bravo
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by Bravo »

Im so glad to see this aerie as i was looking for it.Nice aerie as it sounds like a racing car.Have a photo when she was still owned by Garth.Maybe one day.
Good luck she looks really nice.
0833819950
User avatar
Russell Phillips
Radio Call
Posts: 287
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:51 am
Closest Airfield: FAPX
Location: PE
Has thanked: 19 times
Been thanked: 69 times

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by Russell Phillips »

A few more pics from the archives :)
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
User avatar
Russell Phillips
Radio Call
Posts: 287
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:51 am
Closest Airfield: FAPX
Location: PE
Has thanked: 19 times
Been thanked: 69 times

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by Russell Phillips »

found another pic
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
User avatar
Neville Ferreira
Frequent AvComer
Posts: 786
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:16 pm
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 165 times

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by Neville Ferreira »

[media] [/media]
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
These users thanked the author Neville Ferreira for the post:
Bergie
Goose
Frequent AvComer
Posts: 665
Joined: Fri May 17, 2013 7:20 am
Closest Airfield: Bethlehem
Location: South Africa
Has thanked: 66 times
Been thanked: 42 times

Re: ZUBLJ GK1

Unread post by Goose »

Re: ZUBLJ GK1
Report Quote
Post Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:43 pm
Im so glad to see this aerie as i was looking for it.Nice aerie as it sounds like a racing car.Have a photo when she was still owned by Garth.Maybe one day.
Good luck she looks really nice.
0833819950

Very interesting. After 10 years of waiting I’m the happy owner of ZU-BLJ.
Always loved the KR’s especially this one.

Return to “Our Register”