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Southern Aircraft

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1929. Southern Martlet. Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.
August 1945.

Southern Aircraft of Shoreham, Sussex

1928 Frederick George Miles formed a partnership with Cecil Pashley in a flying school and joyriding business, the Gnat Aero Company Ltd, at Shoreham. They bought derelict aircraft and undertook repairs. This was then split into two companies, the Southern Aero Club Ltd, and Southern Aircraft Ltd[1].

1929 Southern Aircraft built a single-engined aerobatic biplane, powered by an 85 hp ABC Hornet flat-four which was flown by F. G. Miles. The engine was later replaced by the 80 hp Armstrong Siddeley Motors Genet II radial engine. Five more aircraft were built.

1931 Built the Metal Martlet.

1945 Southern Aircraft (Gatwick) Ltd.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Flight, 28 August 1976
  • British Aircraft Manufacturers since 1908 by Gunter Endres. Pub 1995 ISBN 0-7110-2409-x