Incredible Cloth Flying Machine  
The Incredible Cloth Flying Machine

The Incredible Cloth Flying Machine

Arthur Mason

Founded in 1998 by Arthur Mason, the Incredible Cloth Flying Machine Company has established an enviable reputation for top-quality workmanship in the specialist world of light aviation fabricing and woodwork.

With a technical engineering background and a life-long enthusiasm for old aeroplanes, Arthur set about the construction of his own 1929-vintage Pietenpol Aircamper G-ADRA. The project came as a semi-competed fuselage, plans, and a large quantity of wood. Unlike contemporary kit aircraft, the Pietenpol was fabricated from scratch, with all metal fittings cut and formed as required. As an 'apprentice piece' it was much admired, a beautiful example of a classic vintage wood and fabric aeroplane, and one of the first of the type to fly in the UK.

Whilst completing his Private Pilot's Licence, Arthur agreed to apply his newly acquired fabricing skills on a couple of tired gliders based at the airfield, and soon became involved in a handy sideline undertaking fabric work and minor repairs on Venture motor gliders and K-13 sailplanes.

Arthur moved the new company to his Quainton home, near Aylesbury. He quickly established a gratifying stream of work, mostly generated by word-of-mouth. Customers sought out top-quality work without incurring the high costs associated with larger engineering establishments.

Aircraft operated under the auspices of the Popular Flying Association (now Light Aviation Association) formed a staple in the early years, though over time there have also been a number of gliders, especially vintage examples which pre-dated fibre-glass.

Though vintage aircraft are at the heart of company, invitations to work on more contemporary types are very welcome. Several Yak 52's and Nanchang CJ-6's have had suspect eastern-Bloc fabric stripped, and replaced by long-lasting CAA approved covering, a durable fabric much more suited for aerobatic aircraft.