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…
Young electrical engineer Richard Fairey made such good flying models he sold rights to A.W. Gamage's toystore 1910 and organized subsequent production. Joined Blair Atholl Syndicate (see Dunne) but poached…
Folland Aircraft Ltd formed May 1937 by renaming British Marine Aircraft, Hamble. Major subcontractor, and won contract to supply 12 large 43/37 engine testbed aircraft 1940-41. W.E.W. Petter joined as…
Urgent need to expand Britain’s puny aircraft industry at start of First World War led to George Holt Thomas of Airco asking advice on capable woodworking firms from his chief…
Frederick Handley Page, born 1885, electrical engineer 1903-09, formed world’s first public company solely for construction of aeroplanes, Handley Page Ltd, 17 June 1909. Moved from Woolwich to shed at…
Cedric Lee and George Tilghman Richards built series of annular (circular)-winged biplanes and monoplanes 1911-14.
LINDSTRAND BALLOONS LTD Formed November 1991. Workforce more than 70 in 2002. Company is now part of Cameron Holdings Group, but Per Lindstrand retains a 35 per cent shareholding. Product…
Noel Pemberton-Billing was great character in pioneer days pre-1910, carrying out flying (mainly kite) experiments from 1903, learning to fly in one day; also MP, naval officer, author, visionary and…
Engine company adjacent to Short Brothers at Rochester in 1934 commissioned Harold Boultbee (from failed Civilian Aircraft) to design aircraft to use single Niagara engine, resulting Pobjoy Pirate (3 March…
QinetiQ (pronounced 'kinetic') was created in July 2001 from the major portion of the former Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), itself derived from the earlier Royal Aircraft Establishment at…
REALITY AIRCRAFT LTD Reality markets the Easy Raider, for which it has world rights, except in the USA, and the new (2003) Escapade. US partner, Just Aircraft LLC, manufacturers and…
Around 1890 S.E. 'Slippery Sam' Saunders studied Canadian-Indian canoe of birchbark stitched with sinews. He later patented Consuta construction in which hull is multiple thin plies of mahogany stitched tightly…
Formed at Prestwick 1935 to run new airport, flying school and other services. Built observation aircraft to A.4/45 (August 1947), developed into Prestwick Pioneer STOL transport (June 1950), 59 built,…
'The first manufacturers of aircraft in the world', brothers Eustace, Oswald and (later) Horace Short flew gas balloon 1897 and started making balloons for sale 1902, in 1903 setting up…
SLINGSBY AVIATION LIMITED Formerly a subsidiary of ML Holdings, Slingsby was sold to Cobham plc in 1997 and is a component of Chelton Group within that holding. Company specialises in…
In 1908 Vickers Sons & Maxim Ltd, one of giant shipbuilding, engineering and arms conglomerate's companies, built airship Mayfly for Admiralty, but it suffered structural failure. Built further airships, most…
WARRIOR (AERO-MARINE) LTD Company created in 1995 to develop and market Centaur six-seat amphibian; US subsidiary formed in January 2000 to promote aircraft in North American market. Funding acquired by…
WESTLAND HELICOPTERS LIMITED (an AgustaWestland company) Westland Aircraft Ltd (later expanded to Westland Group plc) formed July 1935, taking over aircraft branch of Petters Ltd (known previously as Westland Aircraft…
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