Funny looking little crate, ain’t it? A sort of motor bike with wings.
Eighteen-year-old Willie Onslow built it himself, and flew it, too!
A Frenchman invented the Flying Flea and do-it-yourself kits to build it were offered for under £100. Young Willie, flying mad, saved up and got one sent out to the island of Silau, south east of New Guinea, where his dad ran an air-freight business with an ancient Vickers Virginia bomber.
When the war came and an Aussie fighter squadron took over Silau, the pilots laughed themselves sick at the two freakish-looking planes already operating there. Willie had to take the Flea up and run rings around the latest Tomahawk fighter before they began to consider letting father and son – and the Flea – join the war effort.
Light general wear, tanning. Book is otherwise clean and sound and in good condition. Bags and boards optional, please add during checkout if required. Please examine photos carefully and see our notes on item condition before purchasing.