The Aero-8 Flying Club


The Aero-8 Flying Club, of Canute Air Park, Ashingdon, Essex, was formed in October 1935 by Mervyn G. Chadwick and Raymond Gordon as both a flying club and an organisation to construct the Mignet Pou-du-Ciel (Flying Flea). They produced a heavily modified version of the Flying Flea, featuring a streamlined fuselage designed by Sydney Charles George Buszard (b. 24 May 1912, Hampstead, London - d. May 1998, Hillingdon, Middlesex), which first flew in May, 1936. An attempt to fly the channel in it was aborted and interest in the machine waned.

Lacking success with the Flea, Chadwick and Gordon formed a new company, Premier Aircraft Constructions Ltd to develop the Gordon Dove, also designed by Buszard.
The club ceased operation in late 1936.

Company References
  1. The Aeroplane, 8 Jan, 1936
  2. British Light Aeroplanes, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (GMS Enterprises, 2000

Project Data

Project No

Type No


Alternative Name(s)







   Flying Flea  1936  Proto 1 1S, 1E microlight 1,2,3

Project References
  1. Air Britain Archive Magazine, 1998/3 (Air-Britain Publications)
  2. Flight Magazine, April 16, 1936
  3. Aeroplane Monthly March 1988

Production Data

One aircraft only : G-AEFW, c/n A8 CB.1

   Total Aero-8 Production     1   

Production References
  1. Air Britain Archive Magazine, 1998/3 (Air-Britain Publications)

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