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Leslie Everett Baynes

Also Known As: "Baron"
Birthplace: Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, Britain (UK)
Death: Died in Poole, Dorset, Britain (UK)
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Husband of Margot Alice Baynes
Father of Susy Faulkner; <private> Baynes; <private> Baynes; <private> Baynes and <private> Baynes

Occupation: Aeronautical engineer
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About Leslie Everett Baynes


Baynes was educated at Gresham's School, Norfolk leaving school at the age of sixteen. His engineering skills were learnt at school and in industry, and not at a university.

On leaving school, Baynes started work in the fledgling aircraft industry with the Aircraft Engineering Company at Hendon. From there, he moved on to the famous firm of Short Brothers at Rochester, where he redesigned the Short Singapore flying boat.

In 1930, Baynes designed the Scud I light sailplane, built at first by Brant Aircraft Limited at Croydon. The Scud was successful, and in 1931, Baynes went into partnership with F.D. Abbott as Abbott-Baynes Sailplanes Ltd, of Farnham, Surrey, to build Scud 1 Sailplanes, and later the Scud 2 (1932). In 1935, a Scud 2 flown by Mungo Buxton took the British Height Record for a glider to 8,750 feet (2,666 metres).

Also in 1935, the Scud 3 was launched, which when fitted with an engine was called the Scud 3 Auxiliary. The latter was designed to the orders of Sir John Carden, an authority on tank design who was interested in gliding. He required a sailplane which could be launched unaided, and he suggested to Baynes a retractable engine.

Baynes later went into partnership with Carden (as Carden Baynes Aircraft Ltd of Heston, Middlesex) to build the Carden Baynes Auxiliary, essentially the Scud 3 Auxiliary. This carried a retractable 249 cc Villiers engine mounted in the top of the fuselage. The engine drove a push-propeller and produced 9 bhp, and the capacity of the fuel tank was enough to run the engine for thirty minutes. The 249 cc Auxiliary is believed to be the lowest powered aircraft in the history of powered flight.

Also in 1935, the famous Appleby Flea was rebuilt by its amateur designer, Stephen Villiers Appleby, incorporating design changes proposed by Baynes, who had witnessed the end of the first one in a disastrous maiden flight at Heston. The success of the Flea led to a best-selling book, The Flying Flea (1935), teaching readers how to build their own aircraft at home. Abbott-Baynes Sailplanes Ltd went into production of the Abbott Baynes Flea, which with its massed balanced front wing was a highly advanced small aircraft.

During the Second World War, Baynes was the aviation adviser to the Alan Muntz Company of Heston, specialists in weapons systems, and he organized an aircraft division of the company. In 1941, he put up a proposal for a detachable wing with a 100-foot wingspan which when attached to a tank would turn it into a glider. This concept was developed as far as the famous Baynes Bat prototype.

Baynes also worked on designs for long-range bombers, and the V-22 Osprey was an American aircraft very similar to a bomber design submitted to the British government by Baynes during the Second World War.

After the war, in the 1940s and 1950s, Baynes was busy with research in the area of variable-sweep supersonic aircraft. He also designed interiors for airliners, invented the vertical lift plane and the high-speed hydrofoil.

A Scud 2 built in 1935 is still airworthy and is believed to be the oldest flying glider in the United Kingdom.

[edit] Chronology

   * 1919 patented first automatic variable pitch airscrew,
   * 1924-1927 responsible for aerodynamic design of Short Singapore Flying-Boat
   * 1929-1930 Designed and manufactured first all-British glider to soar, the Scud I
   * 1933-1935 Scud II sailplanes; British height record holder and international event winner
   * 1936 Designed and built Scud III; first retractable and motored sailplane
   * 1937 Designed and built first twin-engine pusher monoplane with wing-buried engines
   * 1939 Project-designed gas turbine system 100 passenger long-range aircraft
   * 1938 Designed and patented first V/TOL swivel turbine 'Heliplane'
   * 1939-1945 Designed and built for M.O.S. experimental tail-less flying wing, Baynes Bat, for tank carrying project initiated by Winston Churchill; Designed and implemented conversion of Boston Bombers to searchlight aircraft, submarine guided missiles and other weapons and equipment for the RAF
   * 1946-1948 Designed and built for M.O.S. High-Lift Research Aircraft
   * 1949 Designed and patented the first Variable-Sweep Fighter Aircraft for supersonic flight
   * 1950-1962 Designed and manufactured airliner equipment for major aircraft companies and airlines
   * 1963-1964 Designed and patented a high-speed hydrofoil sea craft (made secret by the ministry)
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Leslie Everett Baynes's Timeline

March 23, 1902
Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, Britain (UK)
month_error 6, 1943
Age 41
March 1989
Age 86
Poole, Dorset, Britain (UK)