Planet Satellite: Aircraft on the Rocks.

 Planet Satellite: Aircraft on the Rocks

The jewel was designed just after the end of WWII to be the epitome of new technologies and looks in light aircraft construction. The Satellite was the brainchild of Major J.N. Dundas Heenan in partnership with….. the Gordon Gin and Black Label Whiskey makers. The magnesium-built Satellite had a pretty streamlined fuselage, amidships DH Gipsy Queen engine which powered a pusher aircrew. To complete its lovely package a “butterfly” tail and a neat retractable tricycle undercarriage situated in a reinforced keel.
All very promising but the Satellite only made two flights before cancellation. One hop that lightly damaged its undercarriage and a second in which during a quite mild landing the supposed reinforced keel was cracked by the force of the landing. That was the end of the story for it. The fuselage was later used in the Firth FH.01/4 Atlantic.

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