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Carden Aero Engines

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1937. Ref AA below

Carden Aero Engines was an English aero engine manufacturer, of Heston Airport, Middlesex.

1935 Sir John Carden established the company in 1935 as the Flying Flea craze swept Britain. He saw a need for a cheap low powered propulsion unit for ultralight aircraft.

The engine was an adaptation of the well proven and reliable Ford 10 Model C motor car engine. The engine was reversed, and a thrust bearing fitted to what was now the front of the engine. The chain drive was replaced by lightweight fibre gears, an 'Elektron' aluminium alloy sump fitted, and dual ignition if requested. There were two cylinder head variants, one with an 'L' shape, the other with a low profile flat head which required a separate header tank. This latter design was adapted for the elegant Chilton DW1 Monoplane of 1936.

Following the death of Sir John in an air accident in December 1935, the company was taken over by Carden-Baynes Aircraft

Later sold to Chilton Aircraft, Chilton-Foliat, near Hungerford, Berkshire.

1937 Aero engine manufacturers.

Aircraft that have used the engine are:

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