The Monospar - From Tailess Gliders to Vast Transport, the Story of General Aircraft Lrd of Hanworth, by Arthur Ord-Hume
Book published by Stenlake in 2013, 112 pages. Large Softback - c.21cm by 27cm (N4838P1)
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This book is a fascinating pictorial history of the Monospar wing aircraft designed and built by the british company General Aircraft Ltd (better known as GAL), and it is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs of the aircraft themselves.
On 27 February 1931, General Aircraft Limited (GAL) was formed to undertake production of aircraft using the 'monospar' wing designs of the Mono-spar Company Ltd. Both firms were headed by Helmut J. Stieger, the Swiss inventor of the technique. GAL produced about 28 examples of the Monospar series of twin-engined light transport aircraft at Croydon, and in 1935 production facilities were transferred to a site at Hanworth, where production restarted with the Monospar ST-12, the Monospar ST-18, and Monospar ST-25
In the late 1930's, GAL built Hawker Fury II's, and undertook numerous sub-contract work, including the conversion of 125 Hawker Hinds into trainers, and in 1938, the company bought the design of the Cygnet light aircraft, subsequently developing the GAL42 Cygnet II
During the Second World War, GAL became an important designer and manufacturer of gliders, undertoiok repair work of Spitfires at Hanworth, and modified Hawker Hurricanes to enable catapult-launching from convoy escort ships. Immeadiately after the war GAL diversified into non aircraft fields, but at this time also designed and built the large transport aircraft known as the GAL60 Universal. Capacity problems forced the company into a merger with a rival in 1949, and it became known as Blackburn and General Aircraft Ltd, and the factory at Hanworth was eventually closed
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