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Henri Mignet

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1933. H.M.14 'Pou Du Ciel' (Flying Flea). Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.

c.1934 Henri Mignet, an amateur designer of ultra-light aircraft, designed the "Pou du Ciel" aircraft (known as "Flying Flea" in Britain) - classified as H.M. 14; several hundred were built by a variety of builders, and most of them flew[1]

1935 First publicity for the Flying Flea in Britain.

1936 First public rally in Britain (at Southend) featured 7 aircraft. Later in the year, Mr Mignet developed the H.M. 18, which was described as a "proper aircraft"[2]

After several fatal crashes enthusiasm for the Flying Flea waned.

Mignet also designed the H.M. 300.


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Sources of Information

  1. Flight 19 January 1950
  2. Flight 22 October 1936