c.1935 Scott Flying Flea Light Aircraft  Engine no. A2S 5025

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Lot 121
c.1935 Scott Flying Flea Light Aircraft
Engine no. A2S 5025

Sold for £ 6,670 (US$ 8,346) inc. premium
c.1935 Scott Flying Flea Light Aircraft
Engine no. A2S 5025

Footnotes

  • Frenchman Henri Mignet was an aircraft fanatic, born in 1893, who built his first monoplane as early as 1912. Between 1931 and 1933 Mignet designed a light aircraft, HM-8, and this lightweight machine was designed so that the amateur aviator could build his own aircraft from plans supplied. Mignet came to England in August 1935 with his ‘Le Pou de Ciel’, Flying Flea, to promote this new flying machine. At the Scott factory in Yorkshire William Cull was contemporaneously developing a two-cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke engine which, upon completion, was marketed as an inverted, twin-cylinder engine with separate cylinder barrels sharing a common crankcase. Bore and stroke were 73mm x 78mm and cubic capacity was 652cc. This engine developed a maximum 28hp at 4,000rpm, but at a more leisurely 1,350rpm would propel the Flying Flea at 50mph. Testing was carried out at nearby Yeadon Airfield (now Leeds/Bradford Airport). The Flying Flea had a wing span of just 22ft. Sadly the aviation authorities were called in to investigate safety following a number of fatalities and all licences were revoked – Mignet’s ‘Pou de Ciel’ had seemed a good idea at the time but was ill-conceived. Mignet went on to develop further light aircraft for amateur builders, notably the HM-14, and continued at his design board until the 1960s.

    Survivors of the Scott-powered Flying Flea are few indeed and this rare example appears remarkably complete, although the wings now require re-covering. This light aircraft is not air-worthy and is sold strictly as a fabulous exhibition item.

Saleroom notices

  • The wing span of this aircraft is 14ft 6ins. The wings are quickly detachable for ease of transport.
c.1935 Scott Flying Flea Light Aircraft  Engine no. A2S 5025
c.1935 Scott Flying Flea Light Aircraft  Engine no. A2S 5025
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