Aeroplane Monthly 1980-07
D.Brown - Southern Martlet /British pre-war ultralights/
The prototype Martlet taking off from Shoreham in August 1929, powered by the 85 h.p. ABC Hornet engine.
Southern Martlet G-ABBN, seen at Woodford, toured with National Aviation Day Displays Ltd for the 1932 season, giving aerobatic displays.
Martlet G-ABBN was built for the Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale, but was best known for its displays with the National Aviation Day air shows. The aircraft was scrapped in 1935.
Martlet G-AAYZ, built for the Rt Hon F. E. Guest and originally powered by a 120 h.p. DH Gipsy II.
The Martlet owned and flown by F. G. Miles' wife before their marriage. Note the untapered ailerons.
Another view of the prototype Martlet.
L. E. Bellairs' Martlet G-AAYX survives with the Shuttleworth Collection.
G-AAVD, the first production aircraft, powered by an 80 h.p. Genet II.
The sole Metal Martlet bearing two different civil registrations, both incorrect. The wings were from Martlet prototype G-AAII, and the fuselage was marked G-AAJW. The correct lettering was G-ABJW!
G-AAYZ during participation in the 1934 King's Cup.
Southern Martlet; Metal Martlet