Originally designed as the Luton Major by C.H. Latimer-Needham in 1939, the prototype G-AFMU first flew just before WWII, making it among the last and most modern aircraft to come from the classic era of aviation.

     In 1943 a fire destroyed the factory and the prototype, leaving only the plans which were slightly damaged.  The Luton Major was then updated by Latimer-Needham and A.W.J.G Ord-Hume and was sold as plans for the home built market.  Latimer-Needham and Mr Ord-Hume were and are highly accomplished gentleman, both engineers and authors who have made significant contributions to both certified and experimental aviation.  No other home built aircraft sports such a linage. 

     The Luton Major was acquired by the late Chris Falconar, who continuously modernized it over the next 30 years, incorporating improvements made by Stuart Noble, the builder of C-FOOV pictured below.  The current version, being significantly different from the original (and already excellent) Luton Major was renamed the Cub Major to help differentiate it from it's forbearer.  The Luton "Cub" Major is the ideal tandem home built for craftsman who prefer to work in wood while not sacrificing strength and durability. 

     The Cub Major is primarily constructed of wood using conventional techniques with metal fittings, a 4130 upper fuselage, cub style gear, and features easily folded wings, dual controls, and supports a verity of certified and experimental engines.

Upgrades from the original Luton Major include but are not limited to:
1. Structure upgraded and re-stressed for modern engines and safety.
2. Fuselage lengthened by 2 feet for more cockpit comfort for big people, and better balance
with heavier engines. 
3. Delrin bearings throughout the control system including control surface hinges.  These are
easy to make and do not need lubrication in service.  No more steel to rust, no more ball
bearings.  Standard aircraft bearings may still be used.
4. Provision for toe breaks.
5. Bigger wheels and tires.
6. Wing lift struts redesigned for safety and ease of construction.
7. Cabin Structure redesigned for maximum strength, and to simplify fittings and eliminate
many nuts and bolts.
8. Redesigned fuel tank and fuel system.
9. Supports the installation of Continental, Lycoming, Rotax, Corvair etc.
10. Closed gap Ailerons to maintain aileron lift and control effectiveness.
11. Wing spar design cleaned up and fold mechanism improved.
12. Many fittings simplified using aluminum alloy.
13. Two bearings in control torque tube, not three (a big no no).

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Photo of the original Luton Major in England with the 62hp Czech made 4 cylinder inline Walter Mikron II.  Iinterestingly the the Mikron line is still being produced by Parma Technik.