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The Comper Aircraft company was formed in the 1930's by Flight Lt.Nicholas Comper,he began his career with the Aircraft Manufacturing company Ltd but left to join the R.A.F serving at Cranwell college where he designed the C.L.A aircraft for the Cranwell Light aeroplane club,when he left the service he founded the Comper Aircraft Co which had its premises at Hooton Air Park where he built the diminutive Comper C.L.A.7 Swift a dainty single seat sporting aircraft fitted with a 35 hp A.B.C Scorpion engine,the wings folded back to assist storage and enabling the aircraft to be towed behind a car to the airfield,later Swifts were powered with the 50 hp Salmson radial and the Pobjoy seven cylinder radial called the 'R'which gave a distinctive whine as it drove the large propeller through a gearbox,even later versions were fitted with inline 120 hp Gipsy Major III engines and even the 130 hp version.
Despite there being only 41 machines built the aircraft holds a definate place in the aviation hall of fame and has a unique character epitomised by private flying in the thirties,the carefree days of early flying for pleasure are all there in this carefully designed machine,the other products of the Comper company although not so well known as the Swift were the Comper Mouse and the Comper Streak,plus a Cierva autogiro version of the Comper Swift.
Tragically Nick Comper was killed in a pub brawl in London thus ending the life of an aeronautical genius,I dedicate this forum in his name and as a timely reminder of the popular Comper Swift.

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  • Aerospace
  • Apr 6, 2004
  • English

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