Edward Bayard Heath

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Edward Bayard Heath
Edward Bayard Heath.jpg
Born November 17, 1888
Brooklyn, New York
Died February 1, 1931(1931-02-01) (aged 42)
Maine Township, Cook County, Illinois
Other names Edward Baird Heath
Employer Glen Curtiss
Known for Heath Parasol, E.B. Heath Aerial Vehicle Co.
Home town Amsterdam, New York
Spouse(s) Berna Heath
Parent(s) Clark Heath
Ada M. Johnson

Edward Bayard Heath (November 17, 1888 – November 1, 1931) was an American Aircraft engineer.[1][2]

a Heath Parasol on display


He was born on November 17, 1888 in Brooklyn, New York to Clark Heath and Ada M. Johnson.[3]

Heath designed and built a series of aircraft starting in 1909 with a Bleriot inspired monoplane. His first flight was on 10 October 1909 in Amsterdam, New York resulting in a broken landing gear. On July 4, 1910 Heath made $500 in appearance fees and $200 in photograph revenues from his aircraft that flew a 3 feet above the ground.[4]

In 1911 Heath went to work for Glen Curtiss in Hammondsport, New York as a motorcycle mechanic, next to the Curtiss aircraft factory where he built a second aircraft with Walter Eales making short aerial runs. After purchasing the Chicago based Bates Aeroplane in 1912, Heath founded the E.B. Heath Aerial Vehicle Co., later becoming the Heath Airplane Company.

His company produced the Heath Feather and Heath Favorite after World War I, and later the Heath Parasol series of aircraft powered with Henderson Motorcycle engines.[5]

Heath died on February 1, 1931 in Maine Township, Cook County, Illinois.[3] He was in an aircraft accident while testing a new low-wing aircraft design.[6]


Heath's company was eventually purchased and after WWII, changed its product to kit electronics. Heathkit filed for bankruptcy and closed in 2012. As of 2015 the company has a live website at www.heathkit.com but no kits currently listed for sale.


  1. ^ "Edward Bayard Heath". Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  2. ^ He wrote his name as "Edward Baird Heath" in the World War I draft registration in 1918.
  3. ^ a b Illinois Death Index
  4. ^ Popular Aviation: 86. December 1931.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Heathkit". Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Joseph P Juptner. U.S. Civil Aircraft: Vol. 5 (ATC 401 - ATC 500). 

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