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    Royal Enfield "Flying Flea" Parachute Drop Cage

    This was seen for sale at last Sunday's Malvern Militaria fair and it is another Royal Enfield motorcycle "Flying Flea" parachute drop cage. I don't believe that this cage is owned by the same person as the similar cage which I noticed for sale at a previous sale at this venue, but a different cage.
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    Never see those here.
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    Here is an image of the cage populated with an Enfield "Flying Flea" 125cc bike within it.
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    Thanks for the pics F10, but as stated last time and in my PM, I contacted a few big collectors of WD bikes etc and there is only about two known in existence and one of them was dug up at Arnhem, I doubt very much its original but have been wrong many times before !!!, but for something that is as rare as hens teeth and to have two with in the space of a few years, show up in the same place and with the same price tag I have my doubts.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    "Flying Flea" 125cc
    Looks about the size of the 60cc Suzuki I had at 16. Wonder what a guy the size of Cinders would look like on it. Circus bear I should think...

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    I have now contacted the vendor to ask the simple question, "Do you have anything that proves that you have an original (cradle)?" The vendor promptly came back to me, without hesitation, to confirm that the cradle is indeed a reproduction, as has been suggested by bigduke6, but "very accurate", in the vendor's words. The vendor went on to tell me that he knows of 3 originals, all in museums. I have to say that it had "the look" of an original to me when I noticed it at the show.

    If anyone is seriously interested in purchasing this reproduction cradle, I am happy to pass on the vendor's contact details if they wish to contact me by P.M.. I would add that I do not know the vendor personally, only that I met him at the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    it had "the look" of an original
    Of course it does, if he hadn't been taken to task he'd never have let on...
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    The image I posted is actually The Parachute Regiment Museum's example at Duxford postioned right outside our museum entrance next to the 25 pounder. If you ever want to have a closer look at the "original & actual" item let me know!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    If you ever want to have a closer look
    Maybe next time you could get a shot with you next to it for scale...I think I can imagine how big they are though. Like I compared...
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