Pi­o­neer kit­plane

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The Heath Para­sol was de­signed in the United States in the mid-1920s, in­tro­duc­ing the con­cept of a kit of fac­tory-built parts, de­liv­ered in in­stal­ments to the home­builder who could as­sem­ble them with a stan­dard tool­kit. Para­sol mono­planes have their wing po­si­tioned clear above the fuse­lage, as with the Pi­eten­pol Air Camper. The Heath Para­sol was pop­u­lar in the USA but only one was built here, G-AFZE, which came to the reg­is­ter in 1939. Eleven days later, war was de­clared — so it did not fly un­til 1949. Its most no­table owner was the air­craft re­storer Des­mond St Cyrien who re­built it af­ter a crash. On his death the regis­tra­tion lapsed but now there are hopes it may fly again.

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