The Stampe (pronounced Stomp) was mainly
built out of wood and was one of the best aerobatic training
aircraft of its period, comparing favorably with the German
It is still highly valued today as a sport aircraft
and can fly circles around its contemporary, the British-built
Tiger Moth. Over 700 Stampes were produced and for over
a decade it was the principal training aircraft in France.
In the 1960’s, a British four-ship aerobatic
team called the “Rothman’s” used Stampes to dazzle European
crowds by performing formation aerobatics, including outside
loops, with ribbons tied between the four aircraft.
Other uses included using the aircraft in movies.
Even though the aircraft was used as a trainer
during World War II, more Stampes have been dolled up
to represent World War I aircraft than any other airplane
closely the next time you see a World War I flying film
- that German Pfalz or British Se-5 just might be a Stampe.
This aircraft was acquired when Kermit
purchased the Tallmantz Collection in 1985. It had not flown for many years. In the early nineties, the decision was made to send
it to England for restoration by Personal Plane Services
who specialize in Stampe restorations.
It was painted in the colors of the French Army.
feature on the Stampe is its unique starting system.
There is an air pump on the engine that compresses
air and stores it in a high-pressure bottle.
After the pilot primes the engine with fuel and
turns the magneto switch on, he opens a valve in the cockpit
which allows the air to flow through a distributor to
the engine cylinders.
The pressure turns the engine over for starting.
The pilot can then get the engine started without
there is not enough air for starting, it can still be
hand propped as was the standard of the day.