Operation: Eastern Canada and USA
Wing Span: 27' 6"
Length: 22' 4"
Height: 9' 1"
Max Speed: 101 knots
Gross Weight: 1,700 lbs
Power Plant: Gipsy Major 10-2
Fuel Capacity: 19 gallons
Rickards's Stampe SV.4c
Rick Rickards, of Caledonia, Ontario, is the owner and
pilot of this beautiful Stampe
SV.4c which is available for airshows, flybys and
Jean Stampe flew with the Belgian Flying Corps during
the First World War, and during this time he met Maurice
Vertongen. Together they set up the Stampe and Vertongen
Company at Antwerp-Deurne in 1923, becoming one of the
largest flying schools in Belgium and possessing
maintenance and ferrying contracts for the Belgian Air
Georges Ivanoff was a designer working for Stampe and
Vertongen, and at the request of Jean Stampe, designed a
trainer biplane which enabled better access to the front
seat, with the top centre section moved forward. This
idea followed the designs of Geoffrey De Havilland's
DH82, which had swept back wings to compensate for the
forward centre of gravity position. The first of
Ivanoff's design had only the top wings swept back, and,
powered by a Gipsy Major 2 engine, was designated the
SV4, and registered OO-ANI.
The SV4 first flew on 17th May 1933, with Jean Stampe
at the controls. The company manufactured six SV4
trainers for use in its flying school. Production ceased
in 1935 after the death of his son Leon Stampe, but two
more SV4s were manufactured in 1937 having been
redesigned by Demidoff with two extra ailerons, and with
a changed tail section.
Two more SV4s, OO-ATC and OO-ATD, were built in 1939
to enter a competition to find a new trainer for the
Belgian Air Force. This time Demidoff once more
redesigned the tailplane and swept both wings back.
OO-ATD won the competition and was sold to Baron Thierry
On 4th July 1941 this aircraft was flown to England
from the grounds of Chateau Ter-Block when occupied by
German Forces, by two Belgian Air Force pilots, Michael
Donnet and Leon Divoy. An account of this adventure can
be found in Donnet's book "Flight to Freedom", published
by Ian Allen.
In1939 the Belgian Government ordered 300 SV4s, and
production was set up in Antwerp and at the Farman
company in France under license. The Antwerp factory had
completed production of the first batch of 30, just
three days after the Germans invaded Belgium on 10th May
1940. France had also ordered 600 machines, 10 of which
were also completed at the Antwerp factory, with the
Renault 4PEI engine. The only SV4 which survived World
War 2 was OO-ATD.
Postwar, Belgium and France were in need of trainers
to recreate their Air Forces, and the SV4 was a logical
choice considering the lack of available alloys. The
state run SNCAN manufactured 701 SV4s, nearly all having
the Renault 4P engine, between 1945 and 1949.
In 1947, a contract for a further 150 aircraft was
given to the Algerian Atelier Industriel de L'air, and
were serial numbered 1001 to 1150. These aircraft are
said to be of superior quality having been made from
better alloys and high grade spruce and ash, as opposed
to SNCAN where Jean Stampe was known to be unhappy with
In 1947 Jean Stampe met up again with Alfred Renard
who had been with the company until 1930. Together they
set up the Stampe and Renard Company in Antwerp and
produced 65 SV4b aircraft with the Gipsy Major 10
engine, for the Belgian Air Force.
France created the Societe de la Formation
Aeronautique with 500 Stampes spread amongst aero clubs
and National Flying Centres. The SV4 was the mainstay of
aerobatic competitions until the 1960s, when the
performance of Pitts Specials and other aircraft left
the Stampe SV4 behind.
Rick's Stampe resides at York, Ontario,
Canada, just south of Hamilton and regularly attends airshows
and fly-ins throughout Southern Ontario.
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