1939-1945 WW2 BSA ‘Airborne Bicycle’ Folding Paratroopers…

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WW2 BSA ‘Airborne Bicycle’ Folding Para Bike

1939-1945 WW2 BSA Folding Paratroopers Bike


BSA AIRBORNE. Black. Frame R52631

SUMMARY . This BSA is in good running order. The wheel is not original and pedals are rather than the original The rear tyre is cracked.The is BSA.

It looks like brakes, handlebars, lamp-bracket and the handlebar grips appear too, with the BSA logo on I’m not an expert so please check the yourself.

It is black, which to be the original paint. You can see where the BSA Arms transfer was on seat no longer visible. But I can’t see any paint underneath.

I’m not sure why it’s black than green. Perhaps it was for training service rather being parachuted into My guess is that it was manufactured the end of WW2, so was not needed for D-Day, the war contract was finished and remaining were sprayed in black and fitted.

I can’t find any to date it from the frame of R52631, other than the that 70,000 were

I like the fact that different. A coat of green and some repro pedals transform this lovely old BSA into an army machine if what you fancy. Or you can leave it as it is, as a version, and research the history of to find out why it left the factory black.

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BSA Airborne bicycles become quite sought-after in years, and this one is in good order. If you fancy a genuine War 2 vehicle, this model surely represent the cheapest


Shows, rallies, fetes and events make an family outing in the summer.

along a vintage vehicle is a way for younger members of the family to about the fascinating history of country and contribute to the local

It’s easy for them to do research on the internet and make up boards for display.

They can dress in period (1940’s stuff can easily be at charity shops and boot

And of course a folding bicycle is about the easiest vintage to transport anywhere;

it can be folded the back of the smallest car …or ridden!

A BSA Airborne Bicycle will become a family pet —

better way to introduce youngsters to our hobby?


The BSA Airborne was developed at a time when the British Troop-carrying glider was the Like the Welbike, transport for the was needed that was small and easily be transported. As a result, who made the M20 Motorbike, developed a that could be folded in so a paratrooper could jump out of an with it. When folded it was used as a conventional bicycle.

BSA B 25 Star
BSA B 25 Star

They were used in all the landing such as D-day and

The BSA airborne bicycle was used in but not as much as originally planned.

The appears to have been the bicycles would be mass and make the airborne soldiers once they had landed. It was and faster than walking.

The British Airborne Forces a few on operations, but as larger vehicles as the jeep were available by 1944, the bicycles were far important.

Some of these are reported to have been on the first airborne raid Norway, as some are reported to been found in the wreckage of the

A few of these bicycles appear in about the battles of 1944-45 and a few up in photographs – but only a few. photographs show them used in training.

Ironically, the airborne did use bicycles in great on the advance to Wismar in Germany in they had to use captured bicycles!

Photographic evidence shows a few of these bicycles were by Commandos on raids.

On D-Day, 6, 1944, each Commando appears to have had a bicycle though the bicycles seem to been discarded within a few


Ironically the greatest use of the BSA bicycle in action was by British and infantry on the invasion Normandy, (D-Day 1944 June 6) in the wave. Some had been on the invasion of Sicily in 1943 by infantry (Hastings and Prince Regiment “Hasty Pees” re: Mowat).

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