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British Marine Aircraft

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of Hamble, Southampton.

1936 British Marine Aircraft was formed in February 1936 to produce Sikorsky S-42-A flying boats under licence in the UK.

The company built a factory on the western side of the Hamble peninsular with a slipway to Southampton Water.

1937 Flying-boat manufacturers.

To cope with the production of Lysanders, W. E. W. Petter successfully challenged his father's proposal that the Westland firm should merge with British Marine Aircraft Ltd.

1937 December: The Sikorsky deal came to naught and the company was sold to Henry Folland, formerly Chief designer for Gloster Aircraft Co, who renamed it Folland Aircraft.

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