Heath LNB-4 “Parasol”

Heath LNB-4 “Parasol” at the New England Air Museum


Type:   Homebuilt monoplane
Crew:   1
First Flight:   
Length:   16' 9”
Height:   5' 8”
Wingspan:   25'
Rotor Diameter:   
Empty Weight:   260 lbs.
Gross Weight:   560 lbs.
Cruise Speed:   56 mph
Maximum Speed:   70 mph
Service Ceiling:   
Powerplant:   Heath-Henderson B-4
Year:   1929
Serial No.:   
Registration:   N13296
Location:   Civil Hangar

Gift of Frank Randon

This aircraft was one of the more successful attempts to put man into the air as it was economical to build or purchase and was easy to fly. Designed by Edward Heath, it was named the “Parasol” because of the way in which the wing is mounted. The airplane could be built by anyone with average mechanical skills. All you needed were pliers, screwdriver, hacksaw, hammer, drill, chisel, center punch, file and lots of enthusiasm. It could be purchased as a kit, less engine and propeller, for $199, or factory built for $975. Plans alone were available for five dollars. The engine is a modified Henderson motorcycle engine.

The company survives today as Heathkit producing home-built electronic equipment.

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