The first three Chilton DW.1 aircraft were powered by the 32 h.p. Carden Ford automobile water-cooled engine. The Carden Ford engine was lightened and modified for aircraft use. Initial flight trials with the prototype DW.1 G-AESZ were made by Ranald Porteous at Witney airfield in April 1937.
The Chilton DW.1 is still being built today by a group of dedicated enthusiasts.
Recording of Carden Ford engined Chilton DW 1, G-AESZ, at Old Warden, June 2009. G-AESZ was the prototype DW.1 produced by Chilton.