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Flight Refuelling

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Sept. 1946.
January 1947.
January 1951.
January 1952.
April 1957.

of Blandford, Dorset

of Ford Aerodrome, Yapton, Arundel, Sussex

1934 Private company founded by Sir Alan Cobham at RAF Ford in Sussex.

1937 Aeronautical consultants, of Ford Aerodrome.

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1961 Manufacturers of pressure refuelling equipment, also engaged in aeronautical research, and development, refuelling of aircraft in flight. [1]

1968 Supplied seal plug and housings for the Winfrith power station. [2]

1970s FRL transferred its aerial operations to Hurn Airport.

1983 Acquired Huntleigh by a share-swap and sold the medical and electronics parts to the chairman and chief executive, leaving FRL with Hymatic, maker of high tech equipment for the defence and aerospace sectors[3]

1989 Flight Refuelling acquired Linborn, holding company of the Chelton Group[4]

1995 Changed its name to Cobham[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  2. The Engineer of 8th March 1968 p399
  3. The Times Jul 26, 1983
  4. The Times April 26, 1989
  5. The Times October 11, 1995