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Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft)

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August 1951. Vickers Viscount.
1952. The "Viscount"
Sept 1956.
January 1957.
February 1957.
February 1957.
April 1957.
May 1957.
November 1958.
1960. "Viscount"
1960. "Swift"
1960. "Valiant"

SEE Vickers Aircraft for a list of Aircraft built.

Also see Vickers-Armstrongs Aircraft

1939 All of Vickers' aircraft construction activities were transferred to Vickers-Armstrongs at government request[1].

1939 All Vickers-Armstrongs aviation interests were reorganised to become Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd


1957 The Viscount was in use with 14 airlines; BEA signed a contract for 20 Vanguards, a larger aircraft; the Valiant was the only 4-jet bomber in service with the RAF; deliveries of the Swift continued to the RAF and the Scimitar would be made for the Royal Navy[2]

1960 The Vickers aircraft interests were merged with those of Bristol, the English Electric Co and Hunting to form the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). This was owned by Vickers, the English Electric Co and Bristol (holding 40%, 40% and 20% respectively). BAC in turn owned 70% of Hunting.

1963 The Supermarine operation was closed.

1965 The Vickers brand name for aircraft was dropped by BAC.

1977 Under the terms of the 1977 Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Act, BAC was nationalised to become part of British Aerospace (BAe) (later BAE Systems).

1999 The Vickers brand ceased to be used for aircraft engines when Rolls-Royce renamed its acquisitions Vintners plc.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 4 April 1939
  2. The Times, May 13, 1957