Model V

Edward Bayard Heath (November 17, 1888 – November 1, 1931) was an American Aircraft engineer.

Heath designed and built a series of aircraft starting in 1909 with a Bleriot inspired monoplane. His first flight was on 10 October 1909 in Amsterdam, New York resulting in a broken landing gear. On July 4, 1910 Heath made $500 in appearance fees and $200 in photograph revenues from his aircraft that flew a 3 feet above the ground.

In 1911 Heath went to work for Glen Curtiss in Hammondsport, New York as a motorcycle mechanic, next to the Curtiss aircraft factory where he built a second aircraft with Walter Eales making short aerial runs. After purchasing the Chicago based Bates Aeroplane in 1912, Heath founded the E.B. Heath Aerial Vehicle Co., later becoming the Heath Airplane Company.

His company produced the Heath Feather and Heath Favorite after World War I, and later the Heath Parasol series of aircraft powered with Henderson Motorcycle engines.

Heath died on February 1, 1931 in Maine Township, Cook County, Illinois during a test flight of a new low-wing aircraft design.  Heath's company was eventually purchased and after WWII, changed its product to kit electronics. Heathkit filed for bankruptcy and closed in 2012.

Source: Wikipedia