I just recieved a back issue of Flight Journal magazine from June of 2001 that had a short story by Joshua Stoff curator of the Cradle Of Aviation museum in Long Island on the Bonney Gull. It has some excellent photos of the plane that I've never seen before.
With this being the week of the 76th anniversary of The Gull's very short first and last flight. What better time to post it? I will be the first to say when this article was published, I had never heard of the Bonney Gull or its pilot designer Leonard Warden Bonney. Most flight buffs I've asked never heard of it , and I only came into learning about it because of my studying Joseph F. Knapp and his family and their connection to it. Since then I have found out a lot more than is presented in Mr. Stoffs article and plan to contact him to compare notes, as I do have some questions with his details. The main one being where the actual plane was fabricated. I know that Kirkham was the engine manufacturer, and the plane was finished up in Nassau County but it was intially concieved, designed, fabricated in a barn on the J. F. Knapp estate Mastic as early as 1924. The Knapps and Bonneys go way back. Bonney was a flight instructor in 1917 at the WWI seaplane base on Knapp's estate. I also know the tradgedy of the Bonney Gull did not end with it's flight on May 4th 1928.......there were some very serious and fatal repercussions to follow.
For more details on Bonney Gull just click on the links that follow this article. I also hope to examine all the photos the Cradle Of Aviation Museum has of it in the very near future.