Airspeed Ltd began life in York, where AS.4 Ferry passenger biplanes were built 1932. Re-formed in Portsmouth as Airspeed (1934) Ltd, pioneered modern design in Britain with AS.5 Courier and…
Formed at Heston 1937, chief designer L.E. Baynes, numerous often radical projects but only aircraft built was Youngman-Baynes high-lift research derivative of Proctor.
Merger in 1897 of rival engineering and shipbuilding firms resulted in Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth, the comma later being forgotten. In 1912 declined to build Avro aircraft, and also failed…
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES GROUP ATG is the trading name, from June 2000, of Airship Technologies Services Ltd, which was created in February 1996 to revive the activities of the former Airship…
Having produced large numbers of wartime aircraft called Austers, Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) was replaced in March 1946 by Auster Aircraft Ltd, simultaneously moving from Thurmaston, Leicester, to nearby Rearsby. Production…
Aviation Traders (Engineering) Ltd formed 1949 as design, manufacturing and overhaul arm of larger group. Achieved some success marketing 7-seat conversions of Prentice trainer. Bigger undertaking was ATL.90 Accountant twin-turboprop…
Alliott Verdon Roe was apprenticed at railway works, studied marine engineering, became engineer on merchant ships and then design draughtsman on cars! Won top newspaper prize 1906 for flying model…
British Aircraft Corp. Ltd formed February 1960 to comply with Government demand that TSR.2 attack bomber would be bought only from merged group. BAC grouped aircraft and missile interests of…
BAE SYSTEMS plc BAE Systems was established on 30 November 1999, upon the merger of British Aerospace (BAe) and the Marconi Electronic Systems business, then part of GEC-Marconi. Sales in…
Beagle (British Executive & General Aviation Ltd) formed October 1960 as subsidiary of Pressed Steel Co. to build Austers and other light aircraft. Reorganized 1962, no longer linked with Pressed…
Civil engineer Robert Blackburn saw Wilbur Wright fly in France, threw up job as civil engineer in Rouen and designed monoplane built in Leeds and made brief hops on beach…
B-N GROUP LTD Pilatus Aircraft Ltd of Switzerland, which acquired Britten-Norman (Bembridge) Ltd 1979, sold the company on 21 July 1998 to investment group Litchfield Continental Ltd, at which time…
Originally Boulton & Paul, long-established engineering firm in Norwich awarded 1915 contract for FE.2bs followed by many others. In 1917 set up design office under John Dudley North (ex Horatio…
In 1909 aviation was not a polite subject for gentlemen to take seriously. Amazingly, at Bristol Sir George White Bt., brother Samuel and son George Stanley White decided to sink…
In 1977 Government determined to nationalize British industry and passed Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Act, as result of which on 29 April 1977 ownership of British Aircraft Corp., Hawker Siddeley…
CAMERON BALLOONS LTD Cameron Balloons, formed in 1970 and now part of the Cameron Holdings Group, holds CAA, FAA, French CNT and German Musterzulassungsschein type certificates for its hot-air ballons.…
CFM AIRBORNE (UK) LTD Cook Flying Machines (trading as CFM MetalFax Ltd) went into receivership during 1996; assets were purchased from the liquidator by a small group of investors and…
Chilton Aircraft formed 1936, built 4 D.W.1 and 1A single-seaters. Chilton Aircraft Co. registered 5 June 1946, again at Hungerford, built Olympia sailplane which was passed to Elliotts of Newbury.…
Lt. John William Dunne produced man-lifting kites at HM Balloon Factory, Farnborough, following with D.1 biplane hang-glider of tailless sweptback form. Experiments with added engines led to D.4, tested by…
EUROPA MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL LTD Europa Aircraft company founder Ivan Shaw previously built three Rutan canards before designing Europa for European environment, including operating from grass strips. Don Dykins, formerly British…
FARNBOROUGH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION LTD Former Farnborough-Aircraft.com (FAC) applied for insolvency protection in first half of 2002; this rejected, but 51 per cent of shareholders voted on 8 July 2002 for…
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