Fane Aircraft Company


The Fane Aircraft Company Limited was a British company formed by the aviator Captain Gerard Fane, DSC, and based at Norbury, London, England.[1]

It was originally formed as Comper Fane Aircraft Limited (sometimes C.F. Aircraft) in August 1939, incorporating the name of his former collaborator and aircraft designer, the late Nicholas Comper.[2] On 6 April 1940 the name was changed to the Fane Aircraft Company Limited.[3]

The company's only aircraft was based on the Comper Scamp.[4] The Scamp had been designed by Nicholas Comper as a two-seater but he had not built it, redesigning it as a single seater, the Comper Fly. Fane took the Scamp design and reworked it as the Fane F.1/40 which first flew in 1941; with no orders from the Air Ministry only one was built.[5]

On 10 August 1944 the company changed its name to Fane Engineering Designs Limited.[6]



  1. ^ "Records of the British Aviation Industry in the RAF Museum: A Brief Guide". Royal Air Force Museum London. Retrieved 25 November 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Smith 2002, p. 151
  3. ^ "Change of Name". Flight. 16 May 1940.
  4. ^ Jackson 1973, p. 333
  5. ^ "Registration G-AGDJ" (PDF). United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Change of Name". Flight. 7 September 1944.


  • Jackson, A.J. (1973). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 2. London: Putnam. p. 382. ISBN 0-370-10010-7.
  • Smith, Ron (2002). British Built Aircraft Greater London. Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2770-9.