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Hendy Aircraft

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Hendy Aircraft Company, aircraft makers, of Shoreham

1928 Basil B. Henderson formed the Hendy Aircraft Company with Mr. H. A. Miles[1].

1929 Hendy Aircraft was established at Shoreham by B. J. W. Brady and B. B. Henderson[2].

1929 In a small shed at Shoreham, Henderson and Miles constructed a low-wing, single-seater cabin monoplane, the Model 281 Hobo, embodying a new type of wing spar construction developed by Henderson[3] with a 35 hp ABC Scorpion II engine and Hendy retractable under-carriage.

1934 The last design of the Hendy Aircraft Company was the Heck, completed in 1934. The prototypes were built by Westland[4]; the Heck was later taken over by Parnall Aircraft Ltd. A small batch was put into production. The Heck was notable for its speed range of 40-170 m.p.h.; it set a new record for the South Africa to England flight in 1935.

1935 The company was acquired by Aero Syndicate who sold it on to Parnall Aircraft Ltd[5].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Flight, 25 November 1995, [1]
  2. The Times, 27 May 1935
  3. Flight, 25 November 1995, [2]
  4. Flight, 9 December 1955 [3]
  5. The Times, 27 May 1935
  • British Aircraft Manufacturers since 1908 by Gunter Endres. Pub 1995 ISBN 0-7110-2409-x