The ANEC I and II were 1920s British single-seat ultralight aircraft built by Air Navigation and Engineering Company Limited at Addlestone Surrey.
The ANEC monoplanes were designed by W.S Shackleton as one of the earliest ultralight
aircraft, they were built of wood and were very small aircraft. The first ANEC I
, registered G-EBHR, first flew at Brooklands
on 21 August 1923
, it was the first aircraft with an inverted engine to fly in the United Kingdom
. The engine was a Blackburne Tomtit
696cc modified motorcycle
engine. The second aircraft was evaluated by the Air Ministry
in 1924. After evaluation the second aircraft was modified with a greatly reduced wingspan (from 32ft to 18ft 4in) for entry in the 1925 Lympne
August Bank Holiday Races and was designated the ANEC IA
. Only three ANEC Is were built and two were exported to Australia
The ANEC II was a two-seat version built for a 1924 Air Ministry competition, with a more powerful 1,100 cc Anzani inverted V twin-cylinder. Engine problems kept it away from the competition.
- ANEC I - three built
- ANEC IA - ANEC I with reduced wingspan, one modified.
- ANEC II - two-seat version, one built
The only ANEC II (registered G-EBJO) has been restored to airworthy condition and flies regularly at the Shuttleworth Trust
at Old Warden
- : 2 ANEC I aircraft
- : 1 ANEC I, 1 ANEC II
Specifications (ANEC I)
- Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1. London: Putnam.