AVIONS FAIREY

Fairey Aviation sold Firefly and Fox aircraft to Belgian government on condition future orders assembled in Belgium. Factory at Gosselies started March 1931 and SA Belge Avions Fairey registered 12 September 1931. Produced Fantôme and Féroce, while manager E.O. Tips produced lightplanes (see Tipsy). Licence-built Hurricanes, but destroyed 10 May 1940. Rebuilt after war, built Meteor 8 and Hunter 4 and 6; shared F-104G and Mirage 5 and F1 components, briefly built BN Islander. Became SONACA (Sonaca) 1978.

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