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Minor,lesser known manufacturers(Often sub-contracters to the bigger companies
listed on pages 1 & 2)
BRITISH MARINE AIRCRAFT Ltd.Hamble .Formed in February 1936 to undertake licence production of the Sikorsky S-42 flying boat.
The project was abandoned before the first aircraft was completed.The company later became Follands.(see separate entry).
FARNBOROUGH AIRCRAFT:Listed here in the hope that their plans will materialise into series production .
The company ,headed by Richard Noble(of land speed record fame) planned to build
and market the Farnborough F1,a single engine air taxi.
After some stops and starts the prototype "Kestrel" eventually flew in July 2006 .The company was sold in 2009
and the new owners are pushing ahead with certification of the aircraft..
FLS Aerospace.In the early 90s acquired rights to the Edgely Optica observation aircraft.
The intention was to build and market the aircraft at Hurn.
In the event only 3 new aircraft were completed,the project eventually being abandoned..
FOSTER WIKNER Co :Arrived at Eastleigh in 1937 and built a total of eleven GM1 Wicko aircraft(High wing monoplane)
Production ceased when WW 2 started.
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ABOVE:Foster Wikner GM1 c/n 3 previously ZK-AGN....BELOW: A Foster Wikner advert from November 1938...and a general view
of the proposed but never built Foster Wikner Windsor 2 seat trainer.
FYFES .Hamble.This company built the Hull of the Fairey Titania,serial No.N129 (c/n F337) about 1919.
The aircraft final assembly was undertaken by the Pheonix Dynamo Co.Ltd.
Details of the exact location of Fyfes unknown . .
GOSPORT AVIATION COMPANY.Gosport:Produced marine aircraft for the military between 1917 and 1921.
They had premises in Gosport and in addition ,used space at Driver's Yard near Northam Bridge in Southampton .
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HAMBLE RIVER ENGINEERING/LUKE & Co.In 1912 these two commpanies combined forces to build the
HL-1 Floatplane at Hamble Point.
The aircraft,although shown incomplete at the 1914 Olympia Aero Show was never finished due to the onset of WW1.
This aircraft is believed to have been allocated the serial number "105" in the
first British Military aircraft sequence. .
HAMPSHIRE AERO CLUB:Built several aircraft at Eastleigh including an AVRO 504K relpica(G-ATXL c/n HAC-1),
two Currie Wots(G-APNT c/n HAC3, G-APWT c/n HAC-4).
Also Avro Triplane Replica (c/n originally HAC-01 later TRI-1,G-ARSG)
Joe Currie ,the designer was Chief engineer at the club.
Also ,in 1960/61,the club built the Bellamy Hillbourne BH1 (G-ARIO,c/n HAC5 -picture below).
This rather odd looking creation was never flown.
MAY-HARDEN-MAY.Hythe.During WW1 May-Harden-May built aircraft at Hythe for the RFC and Naval Air Service.
Many of the aircraft built were sent elsewhere for final assembly.
By 1925 the hangars at Hythe had been sold to Supermarine,who used them for final assembly of
Seagulls and Southamptons(See under Supermarine.)
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ODDIE, BRADBURY and CULL:Manufactured parts for the Cierva Company at Eastliegh.
In 1934/5 built two Kay Autogiros, G-ACVA(c/n 1002) which first flew 18/2/35,
and G-ACVB (c/n 1003) which was not completed..
PORTSMOUTH AVIATION Ltd:Originally Portsmouth Southsea and Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd -
pioneers of internal air services.
During WW2 the company was engaged in aircraft maintenance.
In 1945 planned developement of a light twin engined utility aircraft,the Portsmouth Aerocar.
One prototype G-AGTG c/n 1,was flown ,but the project was not proceeded with.
Thereafter the company did subcontract work for the aircraft industry and no further aircraft were built.G-AGTG was scrapped in 1950. .
SIMMONDS AIRCRAFT LTD.Formed in 1928 to build the Simmonds Spartan.
Initially used a rented hangar at Hamble ,but moved to Somerton on the Isle of Wight in the early 30s.
A production list for all Simmonds aircraft may be found at the
Isle of Wight section of HAMPSHIRE AIRFIELDS .
THE WILTSHIRE SCHOOL OF FLYING:Thruxton.Perhaps not really a manufacturer,
but still deserving a mention here.
The Wiltshire School of Flying converted 18 Tiger moths to Thruxton Jackaroos during the late 50s.
When this work finished in 1960 ,a new venture was planned.
This was the Thruxton Paragon(drawing below)which,when announced in 1962 ,
was to be offered in both 2 and 4 seat versions.
However ,the plans were dropped shortly after,and no further aircraft
have been either built,converted,or designed.