The British Aircraft Co was founded in 1928 to build
a series of gliders, but in 1932 its designer and
managing director, C. H. Lowe Wylde, fitted a 600cc
Douglas motorcycle engine to the BAC VII tandem
two-seater to produce the Planette. Two more were
built, but during demonstration flights on 13 May
1933, Lowe Wylde was killed. After BAC was
acquired by Austrian sailplane pilot Robert Kronfeld,
he renamed it Kronfeld Ltd in 1936. Moving into
larger premises at Hanworth, Kronfeld then produced
33 modified Planette aircraft with a 23hp Douglas
Sprite engine, known as the Drone, before closing
down in 1937.
|Dianne Wylde, 18.10.2013|
Nice to see my grandfather, C H Lowe-Wylde and to find more about him.
Apparently "Drone" was a misnomer. The noise from this little aircraft was very loud due to the proximity of the prop to the rear fuselage.
At one time one of these resided at Walsall ( Aldridge ) aerodrome (UK) now sadly long defunct.
It mite not fly fast
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?