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George Handasyde

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George Harris Handasyde

c.1877 Born in Edinburgh

1908 Built his first aeroplane in North London

c.1908 Birth of his son Robert Handasyde, who went onto become a director of British Aircraft Corporation's, Weybridge Division[1]

1909 Joined with H. P. Martin to found Martin and Handasyde to build aeroplanes, specifically monoplanes at Brooklands

c.1921 Martinsyde closed

1922 Handasyde designed and rapidly constructed a glider in which F. P. Raynham achieved a winning duration flight at the Itford Hill competition[2]

Hartasyde designed and built a commercial monoplane

Early 1930s: Joined Desoutter Aircraft Co; adapted the Dutch Koolhaven monoplane for British use.

Joined the British Klemm Aeroplane Co and adapted the Klemm monoplane.

The company became British Aircraft Manufacturing Co; Handasyde designed the Eagle and Double Eagle variants of the Klemm

c.1939 he retired to Scotland

1958 Died at age of 81

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Sources of Information

  • Flight 14 November 1958
  1. Flight 22 December 1979
  2. Flight 18 May 1951