Designing the Foster Wikner Wicko

Having arrived in Britain from Australia, Geoffrey Neville Wikner became one of the many aircraft designers fighting for a slice of the inter-war light aeroplane market. But, even if it wasn’t destined for great commercial success, his high-winged Wicko was certainly something different

If the early 1930s were rich with unfulfilled hopes in the field of light aircraft, this was in the main because the market was largely dominated by around half a dozen makers: British Aircraft, de Havilland, Desoutter, Miles, Blackburn and Avro. There were others for which the hoped-for orders were too slow and far between to make production an economical proposition. Into this environment, tarnished as it was by an increasing threat of war and economic uncertainty, one man arrived from the other side of the world and, against all odds, made a significant contribution to our aviation heritage. His name was Geoffrey Neville Wikner.

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