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English Electric Wren

 

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Intent on encouraging British aviation progress, the Daily Mail offered a prize of £1,000 in 1923 for a ‘motor glider’ competition. The Duke of Sutherland offered £500 for the longest flight on one gallon of petrol in an aeroplane with an engine of not more than 750 CC. capacity. So the Royal Aero Club organised a Light Aeroplane Competition at Lympne in Kent. Joint winners of the main prize were Walter Longton in the English Electric Wren and Jimmy James in W. S. Shackleton’s A.N.E.C. Both covered 871 miles on one gallon of petrol.

 

The Wren was designed by W.O.Manning and one example was flown in the competition. Joint winners of the main prize were Walter Longton in the English Electric Wren and Jimmy James in W. S. Shackleton’s A.N.E.C. Both covered 871 miles on one gallon of petrol. Later registered G-EBNV it was subsequently operated from Sherburn-in-Elmet. It did not fly after 1929 and was stored.
 
c/n 3 was built in 1923 at Lytham St Annes and carried the competition number 4. It was not registered and unknown if it actually flew in the competition. Acquired post-war by the Shuttleworth Trust it was stored until the 1950s when it was rebuilt by apprentices at English Electric. In the rebuild parts of G-EBNV were utilised, and it first flew again in January 1957.
 
 EngElec-Wren-02
 
Engine: ABC Scorpion, 3 hp
Wingspan: 37 ft
Length: 24 ft 3 in
AUW: 420 lb
Max speed: 50 mph

 

 

 

 


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