In 1937, M. B. Arpin & Co designed and built a two-seat,
twin-boom, cabin monoplane at West Drayton,
Middlesex, designated the Arpin A-1. Only one
aircraft was built and was first flown at Hanworth by
G. Wynne Eaton on 7 May 1938. This rather oddlooking
aircraft was fitted with a pusher engine and
had a McLaren crosswind tricycle undercarriage. It
was scrapped in 1946.
Originally powered by a 68 h.p. British Salmson AD.9R radial (as in the illustration), but later re-engined in 1939 with an inverted in line 90 h.p. Blackburn Cirrus Minor becoming the Arpin A-1 Mk 2.
Span 31'6" Length 23'2" Height 7'1" Wing area 165 sq ft Empty weight 740 lb Gross weight 1,261 lb
Max Speed (Salmson) 108 mph (Cirrus) 115 mph Cruise speed
|a a Jacobs, 08.09.2009|
Did I see this around summer 1939 over Romford, Essex, painted yellow in company with another conventional single engined light aeroplane ?
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?