The Flea that the author first soloed in. It is shown as it is today, with wrong engine. The original Douglas Sprite was used by the Drone syndicate as a spare. The Flea is today owned by the Midland Aircraft Preservation Society.
FRESH FROM THE HIVE. A greatly improved version of the B.A.C. Drone has been produced and is seen here in a spirited zoom at Hanworth. The wings are now arranged to fold and there is tankage for 5 1/2 hours' fuel. Cruising and maximum speeds are respectively 60 m.p.h. and 70 m.p.h.
Robert Kronfeld climbs steeply away in the Drone G-ADPJ.
A striking "angle" on the B.A.C. Super Drone which cruises at 60 m.p.h. with a 750 c.c. engine.
Cdr J. S. Dove RN's Drone G-ADPJ.
The author indulges in a low flypast in his Drone.
C. H. Lowe Wylde demonstrates the single-seat prototype Planette No 1. He later died in this aircraft when it sideslipped into the ground from 400ft.
The subject of this article, BAC Drone G-AEJH, and the author at Sywell, Northamptonshire.
The four Pianettes, numbered 1 to 4, during a demonstration at Hanworth in November 1932, The Planette was the forerunner of the Drone and was powered by a 600 c.c. Douglas flat-twin motor cycle engine.
A Pianette at Hanworth in 1932.