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AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING IN HAMPSHIRE

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AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE Overview
AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE(Master List .A - B)
AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE (Master list C to G)
AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE (Master List, H to M)
AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE (Master List N to R)
AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE (Master list S to Z)
AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE (Master List SOUTHAMPTON)
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AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING IN HAMPSHIRE
AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION LISTS Page 1
AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION LISTS Page 2
AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION LISTS.Page 3.Minor manufacturers
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AVIATION MUSEUMS
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

These pages list all known aviation-related sites in the county(airfields,airstrips,helipads,manufacturers ,museums etc) but excluding CRASH SITES which are in a seperate section on the Hampshire Airfields website

AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING IN HAMPSHIRE -A BRIEF OVERVIEW.
For more detailed information and downloadable production lists ,see "AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION LISTS" pages.
From the very beginning of powered flight,Hampshire was home to aicraft manufacturing operations. Even before this,the Royal Engineers had a balloon making factory,first at Aldershot and by 1904 this had moved to Farnborough. The first facility for building powered aircraft was at Farnborough, and over the following 40 years the number of aircraft manufacturers in the county grew,reaching a peak during the 40s and 50s. There after came the decline and,sadly ,now there are none left in mainland Hampshire. The Britten -Norman company,after mixed fortunes over the past decade,is once again producing Islanders on the Isle of Wight.

CHRISTCHURCH: AIRSPEED. 1940 to 1965(from 1948 as De Havilands).Airspeed Oxford,Airspeed Horsa, DH Mosquito, AS Ambassador,DH Vampire,DH Venom,DH Sea Venom,Sea Vixen.

Airspeed Horsa
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EASTLEIGH: SUPERMARINE established flight test facility here in mid 30s.Test flew Spitfire 5 March 1936. Assembled Spitfires.Post war component production for Swift etc. CIERVA Autogiro Company:after arrival from Hamble produced components for their Autogiro. Postwar built Cierva Workhorse and Skeeter. Taken over by SAUNDERS ROE,later became WESTLANDS,produced Wasp prototype(P-531). All production moved to Hayes ,Middlesex in early 60s. BRITISH BURNELLI,later CUNLIFFE OWEN , assembled Curtis Condor in late 30s. Built COA-1(f/f 12-1-39).Produced Spitfires/Seafires in WW2 . Postwar Built (but not proceeded with) Cunliffe-Owen Concordia.Buildings now Ford Motors.
Minor Builders
of Aircraft here-: FOSTER WICKNER built the GM-1 Wicko late 30s. BELLAMY HILLBOURNE built BH-1 Halcyon 1960/61- not flown. Also built two Currie Wot aircraft in late 50s. ODDIE BRADBURY AND CULL built 2 Kay Autogiros(second was not completed) plus components for several more during mid 30s.
Foster-Wickner GM1 Wicko.
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FARNBOROUGH: BALLOON FACTORY arrived 1904,Became Army Aircraft Factory April 1911 and Royal Aircraft Factory 1912. Produced FE-2,SE-1,BS-1,BE-1, RE-8s ,SE5As.Production ceased end of WW1
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HAMBLE: FAIREY AVIATION,arrived 1915 .assembled Short 187s,Fairey III,Campania,Hamble Baby.Fairey Primer,Fairey Firefly. AVRO arrived 1916,produced Avro 504k. Later became Air Service Training and ceased manufacture here. Later became part of HAWKER SIDDELY AVIATION . CIERVA AUTOGIRO COMPANY formed 1926,Cierva Autogyro(fuselages made by AVRO),left to Eastliegh Nov 32. BRITISH MARINE AIRCRAFT arrived Feb 36(became FOLLANDS in 1937 )unsuccessful attempt to build Sikorsky S-42 Flying Boat abandoned 1936. As Follands, did subcontract work for Supermarine and others,and built test bed aircraft. Postwar produced Folland Midge,Gnat . Later became part of Hawker-Siddely Aviation. ARMSTRONG-WHITWORTH AIRCRAFT,built AW Ensign and prototype Albemarles here 1938-1940 . Hawker Siddely continued to produce Components here to the end of the century .
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HURN: VICKERS ARMSTRONG arrived 1950(taking over BOAC Hangars). Produced 146 Varsity trainers,279 Viscounts. Became British Aircraft Corporation and built BAC-111. Later became British Aerospace.BAC-211 and 311 did not materialise and all production ceased after last BAC-111. De Haviland had flight test facility here in 60s for Sea Vixens. Planned production here by FLS Aerospace of the Edgely Optica aircraft in the late 8os did not happen.
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HYTHE: MAY-HARDEN-MAY assembled Felixstowe Seaplanes here during WW1. Site aquired by SUPERMARINE 1925 and use for final assembly of Seagulls and Southamptons. Later (1940) used for Spitfire work.
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PORTSMOUTH: AIRSPEED arrived 1933,produced AS4 and AS5 Courier,AS Envoy,AS Oxford ,AS Horsa. Became part of De Haviland 1950,component manufacture only till factory closed mid 60s. PORTSMOUTH AVIATION :produced one Portsmouth Aerocar(G-AGTG c/n 2)in June 47 . Aircraft c/n 1 was the Portsmouth Aerocar Minor ,registered as G-AGNJ but not completed. No sales-no further production.
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THRUXTON: WILTSHIRE SCHOOL OF FLYING produced 18 Thruxton Jackaroo (Tiger Moth conversions) 1957 -1960). Plans to build Thruxton Paragon not proceeded with.
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WOOLSTON: Seaplane factory originally opened 1913 by PEMBERTON-BILLING,became SUPERMARINE 1916 . Built PB-7,Short S38,NT2B,Short 184,assorted PB "one offs", then(as Supermarine) AD Flying Boat,Sea King Mk 1/2, N-1B Baby and large numbers of other flying boat designs- too numerous to list all here but including Southamptons, Walruses,Sea Otters,Schnieder Trophy aircraft. Spitfire- production of this aircraft put out dispersed sites after bombing 26-9-40. There was also a new production facility a short distance up river at Itchen.No production after WW2.
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******* W W 2 DISPERSED PRODUCTION ******* "DISPERSED SITES".In addition to the above,during WW2 aircraft production was sent out to so-called "dispersed Sites" to guard against disruption of production by enemy bombing. There were many of these sites in such places as bus depots,toy factories,garages etc , producing everything from minor components to major assemblies such as complete fuselages. Mostly this was Spitfire production,but this also happened with Horsa and Mosquito aircraft.
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BAC-111-485GD 551 c/n 247 Omani Air Force-one of the last aircraft built at Hurn.

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