Watkinson Dingbat

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Role Single-seat ultralight monoplane
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Taylor Watkinson Aircraft Company
Designer E.T. Watkinson and C.W. Taylor
First flight June 1938
Number built 1

The Watkinson Dingbat was a 1930s British ultralight monoplane designed by E.T. Watkinson and C.W. Taylor. [1]

United Kingdom Country in Europe

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Monoplane Fixed-wing aircraft with a single main wing plane

A monoplane is a fixed-wing aircraft with a single main wing plane, in contrast to a biplane or other multiplane, each of which has multiple planes.


Design and development

The Dingbat, otherwise known as the Taylor Watkinson Ding-Bat, [2] was a low-wing monoplane powered by a 30 hp (22 kW) Carden-Ford engine. It had a single-seat open cockpit and a fixed conventional landing gear. It was built at Teddington in Middlesex and registered G-AFJA it was first flown at Heston Aerodrome in June 1938. [1] [3]

The Carden-Ford was a 1930s British aero-engine modified from a Ford motor car engine by Carden Aero Engines

Aircraft registration registration and identification assigned to an individual aircraft by national aviation authorities

An aircraft registration is a code unique to a single aircraft, required by international convention to be marked on the exterior of every civil aircraft. The registration indicates the aircraft's country of registration, and functions much like an automobile license plate. This code must also appear in its Certificate of Registration, issued by the relevant National Aviation Authority (NAA). An aircraft can only have one registration, in one jurisdiction, though it is changeable over the life of the aircraft.

Heston Aerodrome former airport once located in London, United Kingdom

Heston Aerodrome was an airfield located to the west of London, England, operational between 1929 and 1947. It was situated on the border of the Heston and Cranford areas of Hounslow, Middlesex. In September 1938, the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, flew from Heston to Germany three times in two weeks for talks with Adolf Hitler, and returned to Heston from the Munich Conference with the paper referred to in his later "Peace for our time" speech from 10 Downing Street.

It was stored during the Second World War, but restored to flying condition in 1959. After a crash in 1975, it was rebuilt, and was still registered in 2010. [3]


Data from British Civil Aircraft since 1919 [1]

General characteristics


  • Maximum speed: 90 mph (145 km/h; 78 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 80 mph (129 km/h; 70 kn) [2]
  • Stall speed: 39 mph (63 km/h; 34 kn) [2]
  • Range: 200 mi (174 nmi; 322 km) [2]

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  1. 1 2 3 Jackson 1974, p. 331
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Ord-Hume 2000 pp.483-4
  3. 1 2 "Registration History - G-AFJA". United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 2009-11-29.


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