H.J.D. Astley


Henry Jacob Delaval Frankland-Russell-Astley (though normally just called Henry Astley) was born on 3 March 1888 in London, the son of Bertram Frankland-Russell-Astley and Lady Florence Russell-Astley (Conyngham). Chequers Court, Ellesborough, Bucks., today the British Prime Minister's residence, was at the time the Astley family country home. He gained the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the 3rd Dragoon Guards, from where he resigned in 1910.

In 1909 he built a monoplane at Brooklands; damaged in trials, Astley built a second machine from the remains of the first. Neither machine is likely to have flown. Astley gained his RAeC Aviators Certificate on 31 December 1910 (awarded on 24 January 1911), flying a Sommer biplane at Brooklands. Throughout the 1911 and 1912 seasons, he carried out many exhibition fligts and flew competatively, but unfortunately was killed in an accident while fling a Deperdussin monoplane at the Balmoral Show Grounds, Belfast on 21 September, 1912.

Company References
  1. British Aircraft Before The Great War, Michael H. Goodall and Albert E. Tagg (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2001)

Project Data top

Project No
Type No
Alternative Name(s)
Spec (Requirement)
     Monoplane No. 1    1909    Proto  1  1S, 1E tractor monoplane   1,2,3
     Monoplane No. 2    1910    Proto  1  1S, 1E tractor monoplane   1,2,3

Project References
  1. British Aircraft Before The Great War, Michael H. Goodall and Albert E. Tagg (Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2001)
  2. British Aircraft 1809-1914, Peter Lewis Putnam, 1962)
  3. Bleriot in Britain 1899-1927, Say Sanger (Air-Britain (Historians), 2008)

Production Data

   Total Astley Production     2   

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