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Basil Balfour Henderson

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Basil Balfour Henderson (1902-1955)

1902 Basil Balfour Henderson was born at Dulwich, son of Winifred Stanley Henderson, publisher.

He was educated at Tonbridge School and Caius College, Cambridge where he met W. E. W. Petter[1].

From 1924-28 he was on the technical staff of A. V. Roe and Co Ltd. When Avro closed their Hamble works, he resigned[2].

1928 Henderson formed the Hendy Aircraft company with H. A. Miles.

1929 Patent by Winfred Stanley Henderson and Basil Balfour Henderson trading as Hendy Aircraft Co and Horace Albert Miles, all of Shoreham Aerodrome, Shoreham-by-Sea, on improvements in construction of aeroplane wings or tailplanes

1935 After Parnalls took over Hendy, Henderson was appointed chief designer to Parnall Aircraft. The last of his designs to be constructed was the Type 382 tandem-seat trainer, with D.H. Gipsy Six engine.

1939 Engineer, designer of aircraft and aircraft armaments, lived in Esher with Marjorie G Henderson[3]

WWII: Worked mainly on Parnall's power-operated turrets.

Post war: Consultant

1950 joined Boulton Paul Aircraft, responsible for co-ordinating sales of powered controls and other hydraulic devices.

1953 joined the Denison Engineering Co., of Columbus, Ohio.

Died in 1955.

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Sources of Information

  1. Flight 9 December 1955
  2. Flight, 25 November 1995, [1]
  3. 1939 register