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Aero Research Ladybird

de Bruyne-Maas Ladybird



The third design of Dr. N.A. de Bruyne, the Ladybird was a single seat, shoulder wing monoplane, powered by a Scott Squirrel.
It was started in 1936 at Duxford by Aero Research Ltd as c/n DB.3 G-AFEG. It was not finished and taken over for competition by J.N.Maas in 1937 and redesignated de Bruyne-Maas Ladybird and given a new c/n, M.1.



It first flew at Cambridge in 1937 but was re-engined in 1938 with a Bristol Cherub. It apparently spent most of its time flying as DB.3/M1.
Parts of the main u/c trousers could be turned 90° as air brakes.

It survives somewhere in the Peterborough area.

Engine: Bristol Cherub, 30 hp    
Wingspan: 32.021 ft / 9.76 m        
Wing area: 106.241 sq.ft / 9.87 sq.m    
MTOW: 800.4 lb / 363.0 kg
Weight empty: 421.2 lb / 191.0 kg    
Wing load: 7.59 lb/sq.ft / 37.0 kg/sq.m
Crew: 1

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