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Parnall Elf


Aircraft Picture - Parnall Elf, G-AAIN.

Picture - Parnall Elf, G-AAIN.

Role: Two-seat light aircraft
Manufacturer: Parnall & Co
Designed by: Harold Bolas
First flight: 1929
Number built: 3

The Parnall Elf is a British two seat light touring aircraft of the 1920s. Built by George Parnall & Co. the Elf was the last aircraft designed by Harold Bolas before he left the company to go to the United States.

Design and development

The Parnall Elf was designed by Harold Bolas, chief designer of the reformed George Parnall & Co. The type made its public debut at Olympia in July 1929. The Elf was a biplane of wood and fabric construction with staggered wings set well forward on the fuselage as a feature to assist crew escape in an emergency. The wings were unusually braced with 'vee' interplane struts which dispensed with any flying wires and could be folded for ease of hangarage. The main fuel tank was fitted in the fuselage, a pump raised the fuel to a small tank in the wing centre section where it was then fed to the engine by gravity. An Elf placed fifth in the 1930 King's Cup Air Race out of a field of 88 entrants. The purchase price of the aircraft at this time was between 875 and 890.


Parnall Elf, G-AAIN, is maintained and operated by the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire, England and is flown regularly throughout the summer months.

Specifications (Elf)

Data from The Shuttleworth Collection, 1969.

General characteristics

Crew: Two
Length: 22 ft 10.5 in (7 m)
Wingspan: 31 ft 2.5 in (upper wing) 26 ft 9 in (lower wing) 7 ft 2 in (folded) (9.5 m)
Height: 8 ft 6 in (2.6)
Wing area: 195 ft (18 m)
Empty weight: 1,140 lb (517 kg)
Powerplant: 1x Cirrus Hermes II in-line piston engine, 115 hp (86 kW)


Maximum speed: 116 mph (187 km/h)

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de Havilland DH.60 Moth


Guttery, T.E. The Shuttleworth Collection. London: Wm. Carling & Co, 1969. SBN 901319-01-5
Ogilvy, David. Shuttleworth - The Historic Aeroplanes. Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1989 ISBN 1-85310-106-0

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