1941 Royal Enfield Flying Flea

Ive always had a fondness for Royal Enfields, no secret there, and in particular always had a strange attraction to the tiny 2 strokes they produced. I guess its something to do with the simplicity and beauty of the design. This one is displayed in the Packard and Pioneer museum, which I visited in March 2016

This ones been smothered in Army Green, but thats OK, I think its still a little cracker.

The early version of the RE125 was nicknamed the “Flying Flea” by the British Army Red Berets parachute regiment when it was released for service duty, where it was used extensively in airborne drops. The Flying Flea name fit perfectly, reflecting its light 130-pound weight and small overall dimensions; a mere 26 inches wide and 75 inches long.

(Feature Photo courtesy of the Packard and Pioneer website)

 

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