The most endearing aircraft in the Newark Air Museum is the prototype Taylor JT1 Monoplane, G-APRT, designed in 1956 and built in Ilford in 1958-9 by Mr John F Taylor.
He specified that it had be within the capabilities of a do-it-yourself constructor, fabricated entirely of wood, and originally cost less than £100. Its wingspan was restricted to sixteen feet, because that was the size of the lounge in his apartment. Even so, extricating the finished plane involved removing the bay-window and sliding it down ramps from first-floor to ground level.
At least 110 of these nippy little planes have been built, and you can buy one for slightly above £4,500: http://www.afors.com/index.php?page=adview&adid=14519&imid=0.
It cruises at 90-100 mph, and has a range of 290 miles.
I imagine John Taylor’s family were glad to get it – and him – out of the house.
There’s an article about the Taylor JT1 Monoplane at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/22/1203846/-Taylor-JT-1-Monoplane-the-little-plane-upstairs#.