G-AKBC Newbury Eon
(c/n Eon 1)
Another "might have
been". First demonstrated at the 1947 SBAC show at Radlett
(named Eon for "Elliotts of Newbury") was powered (in prototype form,
above) by a 100 hp Blackburn
Cirrus engine. This proved to be insufficient power and it was
later re-engined with
a 145 hp de Havilland Gipsy Major. The aircraft was a
seater designed for the post WWII
market. In the event Elliotts decided not to pursue with the
design but to concentrate instead on building their
well known line of sailplanes. The prototype
and sole example was written off when, on 14
April 1950 at Lympne airfield in Kent, with a glider
attached, the pilot
started the aircraft by swinging the prop with the throttle opened
wider than it
should have been. . The
engine started, and the aircraft moved forward, gathering speed.
pilotless aircraft and the glider were damaged
as the aircraft went through a boundary hedge.
The glider pilot had also
abandoned his cockpit when he realized what was happening!