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PEMBERTON -BILLING:In 1912 Noel Pemberton-Billing built a factory on the east bank of the river Itchen at Woolston
in order to produce fast launches and marine aircraft.
The company used the telegraphic address "Supermarine".The first aircraft built,the PB.1(single engine pusher biplane)
failed to fly due to lack of power.Over the next few years the company built aircraft ,both to their own designs
and also licence production of other firms designs.
In 1916 Pemberton-Billing left to pursue a political career and the Supermarine company was formed.
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ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY.Farnborough.The Royal Aircraft Factory was the successor to the Balloon Factory,
which was renamed in April 1911.
During the years up to 1918 several hundred aircraft were built at Farnborough.In July 1918
the factory was renamed the Royal Aircraft Establishment,
and with the end of WW1 aircraft construction at Farnborough virtually finished.
Included in the downloadable file are brief details of all aircraft known to have been constructed
at Farnborough by both the R.A. Factory and the RAE.
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SUPERMARINE:HursleyPark.Supermarine set up a design and prototype assembly facility at
Hursley Park(near Winchester)after the disastrous bombing of their Woolston factory.
There were no airfield facilities and aircraft were transported by road to
High Post or Boscombe Down for flight testing.
The premises are now owned by IBM.
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SUPERMARINE:Woolston.The Supermarine Company,formed from the Pemberton -Billing Company,
came into existence in 1916 at Woolston.
Over the next 20 years a large number of marine aircraft were built at Woolston.
In 1934 R J Mitchell designed the F7/30,predecessor to the Spitfire,which appeared in 1936.
Gradually the factory was given over entirely to Spitfire production as war approached.
In Feb '39 ,a new factory was opened at Itchen ,about half a mile up river.
In Sept '40 both factories were badly damaged by enemy bombing.
This led to dispersed production at numerous sites.
Post-war activities concentrated on overhaul etc,with any new building work taking place at Eastleigh,Hursley Park etc.
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VICKERS-ARMSTRONG(Later BAC):Vickers arrived at Hurn in 1950,taking over vacant ex-BOAC hangars.
In 1951 they started building Varsity Trainers for the RAF .
This was followed by the Viscount,the first of which made its first flight on 01-12-53.
On the 1st of July 1960 Vickers became part of the British Aircraft Corporation.
Viscount production finished in 1964.
By this time the first two BAC-111s had flown(not without problems).
Production got under way with deliveries commencing in 1965.
The last BAC-111s were produced in 1982 although the last two did not leave Hurn until 1984.
In the same year the factory closed ,although BAC(by now renamed British Aerospace)maintained a presence
at Hurn until 1988.
VICKERS/BAC Production Notes-:Below are links to 2 downloadable files.
The first,which is a zip file, is a Varsity Production list and
notes regarding the split of both Viscount and BAC-111 production between Hurn and Weybridge(Wisley)
and should be read in conjunction with production lists for each of those aircraft.
The second is a text file of Viscount Production
The third link will take you to the BAC-111 page on the Hampshire Airfields site
where you can download a detailed production list for the BAC-111.
VICKERS Varsity ,and additional Viscount/BAC-111 information.
Vickers Viscount Production History.(Text File)
BAC-111 History Page and detailed Production List