Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Edward Purkis Frost

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Information displayed at the London Science Museum
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Ornithopter flapping mechanism, with Antoinette engine, at the London Science Museum

Edward Purkis Frost (1842 – 1922) was a British aviation pioneer.

Frost lived at West Wratting Hall in Cambridgeshire and became a Justice of the Peace.

Frost began studying flight in 1868 and built a large steam-powered flying machine with both fixed and flapping wings. Frost had intended to have a 20-25 hp steam engine but the actual engine with 5 hp was not powerful enough to lift the ornithopter from the ground.

In 1902 in collaboration with several colleagues he started work on another large craft with a petrol engine. It lifted from the ground in 1904. The flapping mechanism, with its single-cylinder Antoinette engine is on display at the London Science Museum, along with a wing from this craft (photo here).

Frost had been a member of the Aeronautical Society since 1875 and became its president from 1908 to 1911.

The above information is condensed from the Wikipedia entry, accessed 28 Feb 2020.


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