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Solar-Powered Aircraft Developments
Air-Plane Co., Ltd


History

Frederick To (b. Hong Kong in 1938), formed Solar-Powered Aircraft Developments in London in 1977 and started building the U.K.'s first solar powered aircraft, Solar One, with the help and advice of David Williams. The first flight attempt took place at Lasham Airfield, Hampshire, on 19 December 1978. The propeller pitch was incorrectly set and the attempt achieved only a short hop. At the hands of pilot Ken Stewart, a successful flight took place on 13 June 1979.

By the middle of 1978 Fred To was making structural tests on the use of polyester film structures for an inflatable wing and the Air-plane Co Ltd was formed in 1978 to develop the Phoenix, building on the work of the late Dan Perkins.

Company References
  1. Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1982- 1983 ed. John W R Taylor
  2. RAeS Aerospace June/July, 1985, available at http://www.raes.org.uk/cms/uploaded/files/SG_HPAG_phoenix.pdf
  3. http://www.humanpoweredflying.propdesigner.co.uk/html/the_gossamers_and_other_planes.html




Project Data top

Project No
Type No
Name
Alternative Name(s)
Year
Spec (Requirement)
Status
Qty
Description
References
     Solar One    1978    Proto  1  1S solar powered aircraft  1,4
     Phoenix    1981    Proto  1  1S man powered  2,3

Project References
  1. Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1981- 1982 ed. John W R Taylor
  2. Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1982- 1983 ed. John W R Taylor
  3. RAeS Aerospace June/July, 1985, available at http://www.raes.org.uk/cms/uploaded/files/SG_HPAG_phoenix.pdf
  4. Flight International 30 Jun 1979



Production Data

   Total Air-Plane Production     2   

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