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.