The history, development, collaborations in aviation. Plus how aircraft fly and what its like to fly and why bother.
The story of Westland Aircraft .
Typical of companies at the time, licence building, designing their own, merging with others and totally reinventing themselves in a different area. Westland did that by diversifying into solely producing helicopters
Avro Aircraft Company
History of possibly the most famous of British Aircraft manufacturers Avro.
Makers of the Lancaster and Vulcan bombers
Bristol Aircraft Company
The Famous Bristol Aircraft Company, that created designs such as the Blenheim, Beaufort, and Beaufighter, made cars, and engines that would go on and power Concorde.
They designed and made aircraft used in the testing of characteristics for high speed/supersonic flight - crucial for Concorde's development
Vickers Aircraft Company
One of Britian's biggest engineering companies that moved into aviation at the start. Continued and developed many famous aircraft including the world's first turbo prop- the Vickers Viscount and the fastest Sub Sonic airliner of its day - the Vickers VC10.
DeHavilland Aircraft Company
Possible the most innovative, but certainly designer of he most graceful aircraft and the iconic aircraft like the Mosquito - 'The Wooden Wonder', and the World's first jet powered airliner, the Comet
Hawker Aircraft Company
History of one the most famous and successful names in aviation