Meindl/van Nes A-VII (M7)

Meindl/van Nes A-VII (M7)
Ethiopia 1 (Sahai), Imperial Ethiopian Air Force, Jan Meda airfield, Spring 1936. This machine is finished in an overall Silver colour scheme. Ethiopian national colours of (from top) Green, Yellow and Red are carried on the rudder and four wing positions. The name Ethiopia 1 is carried in Latin and Amharic script in Black on both sides of the rudder, and the name Sahai (meaning sun) is applied in Amharic script in Black on the fuselage sides. Note the local modifications to this A-VII, including the wing flaps and installation of a Walter NZ-80 radial engine.

Meindl/van Nes A-VII (M7)
Bearing the new civil registration introduced in 1934 of OE-DOL, the original Austrian built A-VII has been modified, and finished in an overall dark finish (possibly Medium Grey). No cowling ring is present on this variation. Serials are White, and a large Red/White/Red Austrian flag is applied to the rudder.

Meindl/van Nes A-VII (M7)
This floatplane version of the A-VII was projected in 1932, but was never actually built. Original drawings suggest that this version was to have been powered by an in-line engine.

These illustrations, taken from Issue 9 of Insignia Magazine, form part of an article on this little known monoplane from the early 1930s that ended up in service with the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force.

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