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British Hovercraft Corporation

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NRDC wanted to encourage the UK hovercraft companies to merge their interests into a single company, British Hovercraft Corporation.

1964 The various hovercraft businesses under Westland were merged with those of Vickers Supermarine to form the British Hovercraft Corporation, with two NRDC directors on the board.

During the 1960s, the Cushioncraft subsidiary of Britten-Norman developed a hovercraft; their first craft, the CC1, was the second hovercraft to lift off the surface of the world.

1967/8 Launched the SR.N4 at 165 tons powered by Bristol Siddeley Engines Proteus engines [1]

In the early 1970's, Britten-Norman sold the Cushioncraft company to the British Hovercraft Corporation.

1982 The British Hovercraft Corporation landed a £20 million deal with De Havilland of Canada to supply engine cowling systems for the Dash 8 commuter aircraft.[2]

1985 The corporation was taken over by Westland and renamed Westland Aerospace; hovercraft production ceased.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1968/01/05 p21
  2. The Engineer 1982/09/16