The ANEC I was designed by W.S. Shackleton in
the U.K. under the rules of the Lympne light air-
craft trials conducted in
1923. Engine capacity had to
be less than 750 cc, and the ANEC was.
fitted with a 696 cc Blackburn Tomtit engine,
developing some 22 hp. The ANEC I, along with the
enlarged ANEC II, were among the first ultralight aircraft ever
designed. G-EBHR was pur-
chased in August 1924 by Perth brewery owner A.G. Simpson who operated
as Air Transport Ltd
and it was
registered G-AUEQ upon arrival in Australia.
The rare shot above, from the Frank
collection shows it at the old Maylands Airport in 1929 soon after its
rego had been
to VH-UEQ. Simpson flew it out of that locale
until about 1932 when it was acquired by
Clarrie Fitzgerald, a flying enthusiast from Goomalling, WA. This
individual also built a Luton Minor.
his plan was to fit -UEQ with floats and use it as a hydroplane on a
nearby lake. Just how
far he got
with that project is not recorded, but -UEQ's Tomtit engine was later
used in a Flying Flea
it was test flown at West Subiaco aerodrome in Perth later in 1936.