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BAC Drone

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.

BAC Drone

Comments
Dianne Wylde, 18.10.2013

Nice to see my grandfather, C H Lowe-Wylde and to find more about him.

peter, 02.03.2012

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.

laramie, 16.07.2007

It mite not fly fast

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