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AIRSPEED COMPANY:CHRISTCHURCH Production.In the late 30s the government aquired a site
(previously used by F.C.Fisher as a flying field) in the northeast corner of Christchurch Airfield,
for the purpose of building a "Shadow Factory".
This factory was opened in 1940 and occupied by Airspeed from then until 1948 when De Havillands,
who already had an interest in Airspeed,renamed the Christchurch operation as the
" Airspeed division of De Havilland".
During WW2 ,in addition to the production shown in the ZIP file,the company was involved in work on Seafire aircraft.
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AIRSPEED COMPANY:Portsmouth.Founded by Neville Shute-Norway(the author) and Hessell Tiltman at York in 1933.
The company moved to Portsmouth in 1933.
Here they built the Courier and Envoy(from which the Oxford was developed) as well as a number of unsuccessfull
projects(mainly for the military).During WW2 the factory concentrated on production of the Oxford.
Also the Horsa(built mainly at Christchurch and by sub-contractors) was developed.
Post war the main activity was conversion of Oxfords to civilian Consul standard.
This activity finished in 1948 and the factory,by now owned by De Havilland ,was closed.
The picture below is of the AS39 Fleet Shadower.
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ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH:Due to lack of space at its Coventry factory,thecompany took over the old AVRO factory at Hamble in 1937.
They produced the Ensign airliner here in 1937-1940 and also the prototype Albemarles.No other complete aircraft were built here.
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A.V.Roe Company(AVRO).In 1916 AVRO ,due to lack of space at it's Manchester factory,
built a new factory at Hamble.
Initially intended as a full scale production facility,the new works was used over the next 12 years
mainly as a flight test and assembly facility.
Many of the aircraft that made their first flights at Hamble were actually built at Manchester.
In 1928 AVRO left and the buildings were used for a short time by Cierva.
In the production listing ,those aircraft thought to have been built at Hamble(rather than assembled) have been noted.
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BRITISH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION:See under VICKERS for summary.Also click on link below to go
to new section in "Hampshire Airfields "dealing with BAC-111 in detail.
BAC-111 Detailed History.
CIERVA AUTOGIRO Company.In 1926, AVRO ,at Hamble started building Cierva aircraft.
In 1928/9 ,when AVRO effectively left Hamble,Cierva continued and ,using personnel contracted from AVRO ,
built several more aircraft before moving out in 1932.
All Cierva aircraft built at Hamble are listed in the AVRO production list as they were allotted AVRO c/ns,
and in the case of those built in the early years,given AVRO type numbers..
CIERVA AUTOGIRO Co.The Cierva company arrived at Eastliegh from Thames Ditton in 1946,
occupying part of the Cunliffe -Owen premises.
When those premises were sold to Ford,Cierva moved to a hangar next to the Southern Flying Club.
In 1951 Cierva was taken over by SARO,which ,later,was taken over by Westland.
After the SARO take over most work was done at Cowes(Isle of Wight)and
eventually around 1960,all helicopter work at Eastliegh ceased.
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CUNLIFFE-OWEN AIRCRAFT LTD:Formed at Eastleigh by Sir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen.
First product was the OA-1 .a version of the Burnelli Lifting Fuselage design.
This was assembled in 1938 ,but the project was abandoned due to the start of WW2.
During the war the company concentrated mainly on overhaul and modification work for the RAF.
In 1943 production on Seafires was undertaken,this finishing in 1946.
The last aircraft built by Cunliffe -Owen was the COA19 Concordia (19 seat transport).
Project abandoned in November 1947 as economically not viable and both prototypes scrapped.
The premises at Eastleigh were sold ,and became a Ford factory.
Click here to see a picture of the last but one Seafire built by Cunliffe Owens
and also you may be able to indentify the people in the photo,
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DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT COMPANY.After taking control of the Airspeed Christchurch factory,
De Havillands continued production of the Airspeed Ambassador.
Following on from that the factory produced exclusively jet aircraft from 1952 until 1962
after which the factory was closed down.
Some of the production hangars remain today,in use as industrial units.
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FAIREY AVIATION.Set up an erection and flight test facility in late 1915 ,
using premises previously occupied by Hamble River Engineering/Luke & Co(see page relating to minor manufacturers).
Most of the floatplanes produced by the company during and after WW1 were erected and test-flown at Hamble,
the last were the Seafox prototypes built in 1936.
However ,12 years later,as Fairey Marine,the company built two Fairey Primers here.
Initially the intention was to build ten,but the remaining eight were not completed.
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FOLLAND AIRCRAFT Co.Formed at Hamble in 1936 as British Marine Aircraft Ltd.
(associated with British Aircraft Manufacturing Co.Ltd).
The intention was to manufacture the Sikorsky S42 flying boat,but this project was abandoned.
In 1937 H.P.Folland became Managing Director and the company was renamed Folland Aircraft Co.
The company then concentrated its efforts on subcontract / component work until 1940.
During 1940 the company built 12 "large engine test" aircraft for the flight testing of large piston engines.
The next production did not happen until 1954 when the Midge (prototype for the Folland Gnat ) first flew(At Chilbolton).
This was followed by production of some 120 aircraft for the RAF ,India,Yugoslavia and Finland.As with the Midge ,
all were transported to Chilbolton for flight testing.
During this time the company became part of Hawker Siddelly Aviation,which ,in turn
later became part of British Aerospace.
No further complete aircraft were built at Hamble.
Instead,major components were manufactured,principally for Harriers.
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