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 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 varies between 1 and 1½
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
rate of climb
landing distance, ground roll
limiting and recommended speeds
design manoeuvring speed (Va)
never exceed speed (Vne)
stall, power off (Vsl)
landing approach speed
All specifications are based on manufacturer's