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Aeronautical Syndicate Ltd

Formed June 1909 by pioneer Horatio Barber (1875-1964). After building an unsuccessful tractor monoplane the Syndicate became identified with the Valkyrie series of canard (pusher) monoplanes. From Salisbury Plain, Wilts., moved its scene of operations, in September 1910, to Hendon Aerodrome, London, leasing three of the eight hangars belonging to the Bleriot Company. On July 4, 1911 the Valkyrie B was used to transport the first air cargo in Britain (a box of Osram lamps). Several Valkyrie canard pushers built. Not easy to fly, but used successfully for training. Early in 1912 twin-propeller Viking biplane built. This was the last of Barber's designs, for in April 1912 he retired as an active designer, after making a very substantial contribution to the early development and promotion of Hendon as an aeronautical centre.
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