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Miles-Dufon

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Aircraft Maintenance and Service Engineers, of Shoreham Airport, Shoreham

1968 Dufon Plant exhibited at the Biggin Hill fair[1]

c.1971 Company formed by George H. Miles as aero-engineers; many of the staff were ex-F. G. Miles or ex-Beagle Aircraft.

1972 Company became Miles-Dufon; directors included G. H. Miles, Mr Hayes (thought to be from Dufon) and Mr Charlton (ex Bristol Motors/aerospace).

1972 UK representative for the US aircraft maker North American Rockwell[2]

Products included access platforms for lorries and vans, self-propelled vehicles, and a scissor-lift platform for servicing Tristar aircraft. Aviation engineering carried out for companies like Britten-Norman and Short Brothers

1975 George H. Miles still worked for the company

1977 Managed the retrofit of an aircraft to demonstrate the Dowty Rotol ducted propellor; Joe Hayes was managing director[3]

1977 The first of several petitions made to wind-up the company by its creditors[4]

1978 September: Advert for access platforms and aircraft components[5]

After a disagreement about producing the Student, a jet aircraft, without any advance orders, G. H. Miles withdrew from the company which became Branchgrove Ltd (trading as Aerodyne).

1981 Dufon Ltd, including its subsidiary Dufon Aircraft Services, was wound up[6]

1983 Miles-Dufon was struck off the register of companies[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. Flight 9 May 1969
  2. Flight Archive [1]
  3. Flight Archive [2]
  4. London Gazette 6 January 1978
  5. FLIGHT International, 2 September 1978
  6. The Times (London, England), Thursday, Aug 06, 1981
  7. London Gazette 13 September 1983
  • PW private communication