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Carden-Baynes Aircraft

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of Heston Airport, Middlesex

1935 John V. Carden (of Carden Aero Engines) and L. E. Baynes (of Abbott-Baynes) worked together to build an "auxiliary sailplane" (a glider fitted with a modified Villiers engine for occasional use) based on the Scud III sailplane[1] [2]

1936 Carden-Baynes Aircraft Ltd was formed by L. E. Baynes at Heston to make a new light 2-seater aircraft[3]

Acquired Carden Aero Engines after the death of John Carden.

The business built the ultra-light Bee which flew in 1937. It was a side-by-side two-seater powered by two 40hp Carden Ford SP1 converted car engines driving pusher propellers.

All activity ceased when Heston was requisitioned by the Air Ministry.

Later Carden Aero Engines was sold to Chilton Aircraft.

1937 Aircraft designers and constructors. [4]

Produced the Baynes Bee and designed a follow-on aircraft the Baynes B.4

1937 A new company, Baynes Aircraft Ltd, was to be established to acquire the current company[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • British Aircraft Manufacturers since 1908 by Gunter Endres. Pub 1995
  1. Flight 19 December 1935
  2. Flight 29 July 1937
  3. Flight 19 March 1936
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. Flight 25 November 1937