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M. L. Aviation

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of White Waltham Airfield

1940 Marcel Lobelle joined the R. Malcolm Co, which became M. L. Aviation in 1946 (named after Sir Noel Mobbs and Marcel Lobelle, the managing director and chief designer respectively).

1955 The company received a contract from the Ministry of Supply to construct an example of a small utility aircraft with an inflatable wing designed by Marcel Lobelle[1]

1961 Part of M. L. Holdings Ltd[2]

1965 Designed inflatable buildings which were manufactured by Airborne Industries Ltd[3]

1967 Designed a meter that could be towed behind a car to measure the surface condition of runways[4]

1996 Bought the remaining parts of Nash and Thompson

1997 Cobham bought M. L. Aviation

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Aug 13, 1955
  2. The Times, Aug 30, 1961
  3. The Times, Jul 01, 1965
  4. The Times, Dec 04, 1967
  • The Times, Dec 01, 1958