ML Light Aircraft Mk I


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ML Light Aircraft Mk I

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deaftom, e-mail, 27.03.2011 06:32

There appear to have been two very similar versions of this inflatable-wing aircraft. The ca. 1956 Puffin Mk 1 seems to have been a research example to prove the concept. It was followed about 1974 by the Utility Mk I which was optimistically aimed at a military market, although as far as I know none were ever sold, to either civil or military buyers. Another attempt was made to stir up interest in 1982, but still without success.


L.W. Powell, e-mail, 04.03.2011 21:58

The wing was inflated only with air, supplied by an engine driven compressor. I was told that there was a hand pump for emergencies


Len Powell, e-mail, 04.03.2011 21:55

I saw this aircraft flying at Boscombe Down in 1957 when I was a national service instrument fitter on B flight. As i recall it flew from the sports field not the runway.


Chris, e-mail, 17.09.2010 01:04

It looks to me as if the wing is filled with lighter than air gases.


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