The Flying Flea

Photo:Flying Flea G-ADXS in the Southend Historic Aircraft Museum 1974, now displayed in Breighton, Yorkshire

Flying Flea G-ADXS in the Southend Historic Aircraft Museum 1974, now displayed in Breighton, Yorkshire

Ian Hawks

Photo:The Flying Flea

The Flying Flea

Ian Hawks

Crash landing in Hadleigh

By Ian Hawks

In the 1930s, Henri Mignet, a Frenchman developed the forerunner of the micro light, a small one-man plane, powered by an 18 hp engine with a speed of about 60 mph, a wing span of 18 feet and costing around £70 to build from kit. During a local flight circa 1936, one crashed in a field south of Hadleigh Castle. In later years (1974) there was one on display in the Southend Historic Aircraft Museum (closed 1983) which belonged to C.L. Storey and prior to that was on display in his motor car showroon in Alexander Street, Southend. Today this particular model, registration G-ADXS, resides in a museum in Breighton, Yorkshire.

 

Click here for a video of an old flight of a "Flea" 

and  here for a more recent flight. }

This page was added by Ian Hawks on 18/05/2012.