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Georges Ligreau's homebuilt aircraft

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Georges Ligreau, who had been an instructor at the Bel-Abbes Aero-club (CABA) in Algeria during and after the first World War, built in Metropolitan France an "avionnette" or light aircraft (first attachment below) for the Buc air contest in 1924. He had even built the engine himself! The technical experts, however, denied him the right to fly...

After serving as a military pilot, Ligreau, who was fond of everything mechanical, had successfully transformed an Avia 152A glider into a two-seater.

Back in Sidi-Bel-Abbes in 1948, Georges Ligreau started tests of another monoplane, a single-seater of his design designated the GL 4, powered by a Volkswagen engine.


Translated/adapted from Pierre Larrige's excellent work.
 

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From Ailes 7/1948,the GL-4.
 

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A better photograph of the GL.4, which appears at http://chezpeps.free.fr/0/Jarrige/No47/im/21.png, although there Pierre Jarrige has failed to recognise it as the Ligreau GL.4 and captions it as 'Vers 1956 à Maison-Blanche, un avion d'origine inconnue construit par un amateur oranais', despite his website elsewhere containing a reference to and description of the GL.4 (q.v. http://chezpeps.free.fr/0/Jarrige/No...amateur-2.html).



The fact that this aeroplane is given the sequence number GL.4, and assuming that his 1924 avionette and the two seat conversion of the Avia 152A were given two of the three earlier sequence numbers, suggests, to me, that there may have been a fourth homebuilt Georges Ligreau aeroplane as yet undiscovered. Any ideas, anyone?
 
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