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C. E. Harper Aircraft Co

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Harper Scooter. Exhibit at Haynes Motor Museum.

of Exeter Airport, Devon.

1936 Private company formed.

1952 Took over Chrislea Aircraft. Sub-contract and other aircraft component manufacture[1].

1954-56 Harper was a scooter produced. A prototype was built with the intention of fitting a 122cc or 197cc Villiers three-speed engine with fan cooling and a starting motor. The glass-fibre body had a full fairing that carried twin headlights. Although development work continued for a couple of years, few machines were ever built.

1954 Steel Ceilings became part of C. E. Harper Aircraft Co.[2]. Stock market dealings in Steel Ceilings ended in April and dealings in Harper Aircraft began in May.

1954 No dividend paid

1954/5 Acquired the capital of Stanley Engineering Co from Metropole Industries[3]. They withdrew the Argson invalid carriage and introduced the Harper Mk 1

1955 Chairman is A. E. Cheshire.[4]

1955 Acquired H. M. C. Wheels[5]

1955 Resumed dividend payments[6]

1956 The Harper Mk 1 was replaced by the Mk 4 in petrol and electric forms.

1957 Introduced the Harper Mk 6

1957 Acquired Baldwin Instrument Co[7] and Electrical Screw[8]

1958 Design development and precision engineers, tool makers, maker of aircraft components and assemblies. Was part of Harper Group, of Hanover Sq, London[9]

Introduced the Harpermatic version of the MK 6 with a CV transmission

1959 Name changed to Harper Engineering and Electronics

1960 The Harper Mk 6 was named the Stanley Mk 7.

1961 Manufacturers of aircraft components. [10]

1965 Production of invalid carriages ceased.

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Sources of Information

  1. Flight Magazine 29 August 1952
  2. The Times, Aug 05, 1955
  3. The Times, Dec 06, 1954
  4. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Thursday 17 November 1955
  5. The Times, Aug 05, 1955
  6. The Times, Jul 20, 1956
  7. The Times, Apr 12, 1957
  8. The Times, Sep 09, 1957
  9. The Times, Feb 20, 1958
  10. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE