M. B. Arpin & Co.
Arpin Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd.


Morris Barkley Arpin, born in Barnes, Surrey, on 27 February 1897, the son of John and Mary Arpin and a design draughtsman with the Fairey Company at Hayes, originally designed the A-1 in 1932-4, but it was not until May 1939 that he formed the Arpin Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd. at West Drayton, Middlesex to develop the twin boom, pusher light aircraft featuring the unique McClaren castoring undercarriage. Plans for production were stopped by the outbreak of war.

Morris Arpin died in early 1976 in Dover, Kent.

Company References
  1. British Light Aeroplanes, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (GMS Enterprises, 2000)
  2. Aeroplane Monthly Sep 1976

Project Data top

Project No
Type No
Alternative Name(s)
Spec (Requirement)
   A-1    (Safety Pin)  1938    Proto  1  2S, 1E low wing tricycle light plane  1,2,3,4,5,6

Project References
  1. British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 2nd Ed., 1973)
  2. British Light Aeroplanes 1920-1940, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (GMS Enterprises, 2000)
  3. Air Britain Archive, 1999/3 (Air-Britain Publications)
  4. Air Britain Archive, 2002/2 (Air-Britain Publications)
  5. Aeroplane Monthly Sep 1976
  6. Flight 12 May 1938
  7. British Homebuilt Aircraft since 1920, Ken Ellis (Merseyside Aviation Society, 1975)

Production Data

One aircraft only : G-AFGB, c/n 1, ff 7 May, 1938 as the Mk.I and in 1939 as the Mk.II.

   Total Arpin Production     1   

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