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Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Co

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Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Co of 3 St. James Square, London, SW1

Manufacturers and suppliers in Great Britain.

1935 Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Co was formed as a public company to purchase Armstrong Siddeley Development Co and 50% of the shares in Hawker Aircraft Ltd [1], bringing together the 2 largest UK companies involved in manufacture of aircraft. The companies acquired included the automotive and engine builder Armstrong Siddeley Motors, the aircraft manufacturer Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft, A. V. Roe and Co (Avro) and Air Training Services. The constituent companies continued to produce their own aircraft designs under their own name as well as sharing manufacturing throughout the group. Sir Thomas Sopwith was chairman of the new company.

1937 Designers and constructors of aircraft.

WW2 Hawker Siddeley was one of the United Kingdom's most important aviation concerns, producing numerous designs including the famous Hawker Hurricane fighter plane that, along with the Supermarine Spitfire, was Britain's front-line defence in the Battle of Britain. During this campaign, Hurricanes outnumbered all other British fighters, combined, in service and were responsible for shooting down 55 percent of all enemy aircraft destroyed.

1945 Hawker Siddeley purchased Victory Aircraft of Malton, Ontario, Canada from the Canadian government, renaming the company, A.V. Roe Canada, commonly known as Avro Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawker Siddeley.

1948 The company named was changed to Hawker Siddeley. The aircraft division would become Hawker Siddeley Aviation (HSA) and the guided missile and space technology operations Hawker Siddeley Dynamics (HSD).

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 15 July 1935