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Hunting Aircraft

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1956. Napier Oryx.
December 1957.

Hunting Aircraft was a British aircraft manufacturer, primarily producing light training aircraft, of Luton.

1933 Percival Aircraft Co founded in Gravesend

1936 Restructured as Percival Aircraft Ltd, and moved to Luton. Private company.

1944 The Percival company became part of the Hunting Group

The twin-engined Prince feeder liner was very successful, being adapted for a variety of other roles such as air survey (such as with Hunting Aerosurveys Ltd), training, and communications work with the RAF, the Royal Navy, and various foreign and Commonwealth air forces.

1954 Name changed to Hunting Percival Aircraft

Hunting Percival produced a series of primary training aircraft for the Royal Air Force, culminating in the Jet Provost.

1955 Collaboration with Napier on development of Oryx turbo-gas generator engine for helicopters[1]

1957 Name changed to Hunting Aircraft

1957 Company made public.

1958 With De Havilland and Fairey Aviation formed Airco for the production of the DH121 airliner[2]

1960 Hunting Aircraft was engaged in a design study which was eventually to emerge as the BAC One–Eleven jet airliner.

1960 Hunting disposed of Hunting Aircraft to the new British Aircraft Corporation (BAC)[3]

1961 Aircraft designers and manufacturers, producing the Jet Provost trainer. 2,000 employees.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 18, 1955
  2. The Times, Jan 13, 1960
  3. The Times, Sep 07, 1960