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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 aircraft first flew on June 13, 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. http://www.raes.org.uk/cms/uploaded/files/SG_HPAG_phoenix.pdf   (Aerospace June/July, 1985)
  3. http://www.humanpoweredflying.propdesigner.co.uk/html/the_gossamers_and_other_planes.html



Project Data

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Type No

Name

Alternative Name(s)

Year

Spec

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
  4. Flight International, 30 June 1979



Production Data

   Total Air-Plane Production     2   

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