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R. F. D. Co

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1933. Ref AA below
January 1934.
Dec 1939.
Sept 1940.
February 1943.
Sept. 1946.
October 1951.
April 1953.

R. F. D. Co of 17 Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey (1937); of Godalming (1953).

1920 Company founded.

1930 Built one example of the Albatross glider designed by Mr C. H. Latimer-Needham

1936 Public company.

1937 Aeronautical engineers. [1] Lighter-than-air specialists. The R.F.D. automatically inflatable dinghies. The Youngman dinghy packed away into the wing or fuselage.

The range of the company's products included all types of air bags, balloons, canvas work, dinghies, aero-motor covers, parachutes, harness, windsocks, as well as metal and wood turnings and general engineering work.

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1961 Manufacturers of survival and rescue equipment for military and civil aircraft and shipping; training aids for ground and air combat forces; industrial safety equipment; breathing gear for smoke and toxic vapours; fabricators of metals and plastics; textile weavers, dyers and proofers. 1,100 employees. [2]

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  • AA. [1] Image courtesy of Aviation Ancestry