Inside Stories E W PERCIVAL
TO BUILD THE BEST
The enigmatic Edgar Wikner Percival was a war veteran, test pilot and aircraft-maker, who designed, built and tested the sleekest of interwar light aircraft. Christian Nielsen unpicks his story
In the 1930s, Edgar Wikner Percival had a knack for crafting modern monoplanes that outperformed anything else in their class, propelling record-breaking aviators such as Charles Kingsford Smith and Jean Batten – the so-called ‘Garbo of the skies’ – to great fame and global acclaim.