Owen Finlay Maclaren
He designed Spitfire undercarriage legs when working for Maclaren Undercarriage Company Ltd, and while living in West Drayton, Middlesex. In 1944, he retired from aeronautical design, forming the company Andrews Maclaren that manufactured aircraft components.
The Maclaren Drift Undercarriage
He designed a system for an undercarriage that could cope with cross winds, in which the main wheels could be set to a steering angle away from straight ahead, so that an aircraft could be landed safely in a "crabbing" attitude. Tests with several aircraft types were conducted during and after World War II.
Collapsible baby buggy
The former test pilot and designer of the Supermarine Spitfire undercarriage was inspired when his daughter visited from the United States with his first grandchild. After watching the parents struggle with the clumsy conventional pushchair, he used his knowledge of lightweight, collapsible structures to create a new generation of infant transport and inspire the design of future collapsible objects such as the Strida bicycle.
He designed his first buggy in 1965, which was built in his medieval farmhouse stables in Barby, Northamptonshire in England just south of Rugby. He applied for a patent, on 20 July 1965, for his 6lb B01 prototype with lightweight aluminium tubes receiving Patent No. 1,154,362. On 18 July 1966 he filed for an American patent, receiving Patent No. 3,390,893.
Only after this design would aluminium tubes be used in other household equipment. The buggy went on sale in 1967. He also designed the 'Gadabout folding chair' which was produced from 1961, and was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to design a larger folding buggy for larger children with disabilities called the 'Buggy Major' this buggy was designed on square tubes instead of the usual round tubes like the 'Baby Buggy', being produced around 1970.
He was married to Marie, and they had a son and daughter.
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- Presentation on Owen Finlay Maclaren and the history of the Maclaren company.
- His granddaughter sees his inventions at Duxford
- US Patent 2222850 Aircraft Undercarriage, dated 26 November 1940
- US Patent 2315901 Endless Track Element for Aircraft and Land Vehicles, dated April 1943
- US Patent 3124387 Seating structures, dated March 1964
- US Patent 3390893 Structures for Folding Baby-Carriages, Chairs, and the like, dated July 1968
- US Patent 3736021 Folding Wheel Chair, dated May 1973
- US Patent 3968991 Collapsible Seat Structures, dated 13 July 1976
- US Patent D246518 Baby Carriage, dated 29 November 1977
- US Patent 4232897 Lie Back Buggy, dated 11 November 1980 (awarded posthumously)