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Percival Aircraft Co

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November 1932. Percival Gull.
1935. Mew Gull - Single-seater Tourer or Mail Plane.
1944. The "Proctor" IV Training Aircraft.
November 1944.
Dec 1945.
1950. Percival Provost T Mk 1. Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.
1951. Percival "Prince".
1951. Percival "Provost".
1953. Percival Provost T.1. Exhibit at the National Museum of Flight.

of 20 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1

1933 The company was originally formed as Percival Aircraft Co in Gravesend. Restructured it became Percival Aircraft Ltd, and moved to Luton. It was formed by Australian Captain Edgar W. Percival with Lt-Cmd E. W. B. Leake.

1933 E. W. Percival - Designers and constructors of light aircraft. Head Office: 20 Grosvenor Place, London, S.W.1.[1]

1936 Percival Aircraft Ltd was incorporated as a private company[2]

1930s Built the Vega Gull: Four-seater low-wing monoplane powered by 200 hp De Havilland Gypsy Six engine. Used for communications in late 1930s.

1937 Aircraft constructors. "Gull Major" and "Gull Six" Aircraft. "Mew Gull" Aircraft. "Vega Gull" Aircraft. [3]

1944 The company became part of the Hunting Group

Developed the twin-engined Prince feeder liner which was very successful, being adapted for a variety of other roles such as air survey (such as with Hunting Aerosurveys Ltd), training, and communications work with the RAF, the Royal Navy, and various foreign and Commonwealth air forces.

1954 Edgar Percival left the company and started a new company at Stapleford Tawney, Essex building 21 EP9 aircraft before selling out to Samlesbury Engineering which later became the Lancashire Aircraft Co in 1960.

1954 Name changed to Hunting Percival Aircraft

1957 Name changed to Hunting Aircraft

1959 Company merged with the Bristol Aeroplane Co, the English Electric Co and Vickers-Armstrongs to form the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), later to become part of British Aerospace (BAe), now BAE Systems.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Wikipedia
  • British Aircraft Manufacturers since 1908 by Gunter Endres. Pub 1995
  • Warplanes of the World 1918-1939 by Michael J. H. Taylor. Published 1981. ISBN 0-7110-1078-1
  1. 1933 Who's Who in British Aviation
  2. Flight 20 August 1936
  3. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries