Fane F.1/40

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Role air observation post
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Fane Aircraft Company
Designer Gerard Fane
First flight 1941
Number built 1

The Fane F.1/40 was a 1940s British Air Observation Post aircraft design by Captain Gerald Fane's Fane Aircraft Company (formerly C F Aircraft Ltd[1]).

Design and development[edit]

It was designed to Air Ministry specification F.1/40 for an airborne observation post. It was developed by Gerard Fane based on the Comper Scamp.[2] The Scamp had been designed by Nicholas Comper as a two-seater but he had not built it but redesigned it as a single seater, the Comper Fly. Fane took the Scamp design and reworked it as the F.1.[3] It was of pusher configuration with a high wing set behind the pilot. A single example serial number T1788 was flown and tested by the Air Ministry at Heston Aerodrome in March 1941.[2] It was in competition with the General Aircraft GAL.47 but neither were selected for service use. In September 1941 the F.1/40 was registered G-AGDJ to the builders,[4] but was scrapped sometime during the war.[2]


Data from British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 2[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 23 ft 5 in (7.14 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental A-80 , 80 hp (60 kW)


  1. ^ Flight
  2. ^ a b c d Jackson 1973, p. 333
  3. ^ Scamp
  4. ^ "Registration G-AGDJ" (PDF). United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 


  • Jackson, A.J. (1973). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 2. London: Putnam. p. 382. ISBN 0-370-10010-7. 

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