1942 WW2 BSA Airborne Bicycle, 1st Pattern (R4154)

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BSA AIRBORNE 1st PATTERN:

ORIGINAL MANUFACTURER’S DRAWINGS

The overwhelming majority of the 70,000 Airborne bicycles manufactured were the later model with a single seat tube.

This is the first design, a lightweight version with a twin seat tube. Few were made. It was built in a hurry, to strict weight criteria. Like many innovations introduced during the war, in reality it was a prototype, and it proved to be too weak to withstand rough use. So the 2nd Pattern did not feature the unique duplex seat tube, which meant that it weighed more but was stronger.


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1942 WW2 BSA Airborne Bicycle, 1st Pattern:

Early Twin Tube Model

Frame Number R4154

BSA Model 40 Saddle

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This example comes from the collection of a longtime collector, and is one of the best original, unrestored 1st Pattern Airbornes to have survived. Days after it arrived, it was already earning its keep, being filmed for a TV programme to be aired in spring 2016. It can be seen here inside a bomber ready to be dropped over France…

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THE FIRST PATTERN BSA AIRBORNE

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bsa MODEL 40 saddle 2

 

 

 

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1942 WW2 BSA Airborne Bicycle, 1st Pattern 3

The duplex seat tubes are too narrow to mount a BSA transfer (decal) as on the 2nd Pattern BSA Airborne. So the only transfer on this model is the Broad Arrow and patent detail on the headstock (below)

 

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SEAT TUBE MOUNT

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The early model’s double seat tube can not be easily discerned in a side profile picture. But shape of the top of the seat tube (above) can be easily seen. The seat tube mount is markedly different. The saddle actually fits into an extra tube fitted behind the twin seat tube, a radical departure from conventional bicycle design of the time.

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BSA ‘MODEL 40’ SADDLE

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ORIGINAL HANDLEBAR GRIPS

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BSA AIRBORNE BRAKES

FRONT BRAKE

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REAR BRAKE

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WAR GRADE TYRES:

DUNLOP WAR GRADE FRONT

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CRUISER WAR GRADE REAR

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POSTWAR: BSA AIRBORNE ARMY SURPLUS SALES

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ORIGINAL TOOLBAG & BSA TOOLS

 

 

 

 

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BLACK

 

 

 

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BSA AIRBORNE 1st PATTERN 2

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FILMING: THE HISTORY OF FOLDING MILITARY BICYCLES

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BBC FILMING BSA AIRBORNE

LOCATION: WINGS MUSEUM

Near Balcombe, West Sussex

WINGS MUSEUM SUSSEX

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