RUNNING in the FAMILY

When Eric and Michael Crossley, father and son, started work on a Flying Flea project they were continuing a line of family involvement in aviation that went back a long way. Then Michael’s RAF service as a fighter pilot, and his own homebuilt aeroplane, took it down new and illustrious avenues

ERIC AND MICHAEL CROSSLEY

Eric Crossley (left), son Michael and their newly completed Pou-du- Ciel on the family estate near Banbury. ALL COURTESY OF THE CROSSLEY FAMILY UNLESS OTHERWISE CREDITED

Every now and then, someone comes up with an idea that captures the public imagination. People are fired up with enthusiasm for something they had probably never considered before. Today, it is more likely to be television and social media that bring such new concepts to people’s attention. However, on 2 November 1934 it was the publication of a book by a Frenchman named Henri Mignet, imaginatively titled Le Sport de l’Air, in which he made the astonishing claim that, „if you can nail together a packing case, you can construct your own aeroplane.”

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