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British Messier

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May 1943
July 1949. (Flight 1949/07/28)
April 1957.
May 1957.

1936 Louis Sylvio Armandias came to England with a licence from Messier in France to produce their equipment in the UK

Joined up with Rubery, Owen and Co to set up Rubery Owen Messier with a factory at Warrington

1942 Armandias parted company with Rubery Owen Messier

1947 Armandias set up British Messier with Bristol Aeroplane Co owning half the shares and the remainder with Arbo Investments. Started production at Staverton close to Rotol Airscrews

1949 Rotol acquired the shares previously owned by the Bristol Aeroplane Co

Contract to produce the Folland Aircraft Gnat undercarriage

1952 Rotol acquired the shares previously owned by Arbo Investments

Built the undercarriage for the English Electric P1 fighter

1958 Armandias left the company

1960 Became part of Dowty Rotol

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Rotol by Bruce Stait. Published 1990. ISBN 0 9516815 0 8