Luton Minor

Originally designed in 1936 the Luton Minor was the start of the modern homebuilding movement in the UK.

The "Minor" has a long fuselage for giving flight stability, whilst the ample size of all control surfaces, with carefully selected gearing, is also noticeable. The first flight proved the correctness of the theories on which the design had been based and not a single modification, has been found necessary for incorporation in the production model. The "Minor" is a parasol monoplane, the wing being supported on steel pylons at the fuselage and one pair of steel tubular lift struts run from the fuselage base to the mid semi-span point on each plane. The wing is of simple but sturdy construction, immensely strong, and is ply covered at the leading-edge and tips. The wing section was carefully selected for its high aerodynamic characteristics and docile behaviour at the lower speeds of flight. The plywood covering maintains the correct shape over the whole span and gives the wing great robustness that is so desirable for handling, storage and transport. No rigging adjustments of any kind are necessary with this machine, as once the MINOR is built there is nothing to get out of place.

The Fuselage

The fuselage is of spruce construction, ply covered, with curved top decking and is of pleasing appearance. The pilot's cockpit is roomy and includes a locker for tools and luggage. Shock-absorbers are included in the under-carriage. The wing is not made to fold, but is easily detached for housing, 5 minutes being required for this operation and about 15 minutes for assembly. The "Minor" will cruise comfortably at 75 m.p.h., at which speed the flight range is 225 miles, but it also cruises with engine at half throttle, perhaps one of the best tests for aircraft of this category, at 60 m.p.h., giving a flight duration of 270 miles. Larger tanks can be fitted if required.

Fuel Consumption

Fuel Consumption varies between 1 and 1 gall. Per hour at 60 to 75 m.p.h. or 60 miles to the gallon with negligible consumption of oil. The "Minor" is available with a choice of six engines, from 25 to 34 h.p., including such refinements as dual ignition and impulse starter, the price ranging from 180 to 200. For those enthusiasts who wish to build their own light aeroplanes, kits of materials and parts are available at 40 and 75 respectively, including a set of Constructional blue-prints.

The Luton Minor - Specification and Performance

wing span
wing area
empty weight
useful load
gross weight
fuel capacity
19 ft
25 ft
125 sq. ft.
380 lbs



takeoff distance, ground roll
rate of climb
max speed
cruise speed
landing distance, ground roll
service ceiling
240 ft
80 mph
70 mph
90 ft

limiting and recommended speeds

design manoeuvring speed (Va)
never exceed speed (Vne)
stall, power off (Vsl)
landing approach speed
30 mph

All specifications are based on manufacturer's calculations