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White and Thompson Co

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1915. Ref AA below

White and Thompson was founded in 1912 to build aircraft. They later moved to their own facility at Middleton-on-Sea near Bognor in Sussex.

The company was founded by Norman A. Thompson and Dr. Douglas White.

The first aircraft were designed by Frederick Lanchester and built by Daimler. From 1909 to 1911, Lanchester was a consultant to the company; he gave their biplane many innovative features such as aluminium-clad wings and triangular bracing with tubular steel struts. An experimental aircraft co-designed by Lanchester did not survive its trial flight in 1911, and he abandoned the practical side of aviation.

The company built 8 of the Type 3 two-seater anti-submarine flying boat for the RNAS

They supplied 10 of the Bognor Bloater wooden biplanes used on coastal patrol duties.

1914 An air screw developed by Norman Thompson and made by White and Thompson of Middleton was shipped to France for testing by the Breguet Company[1]

1914 White and Thompson built a flying boat for the Round-Britain competition, fairly closely following the lines of the Curtiss flying boat but with adaptations; the hull was built by Williams and Co of Littlehampton; the pilot was Loftus Bryan[2]

1915. Thompson then struck out on his own and renamed the company Norman Thompson Flight Co.

1915. Agents for Curtiss.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Flight 1913/03/28
  2. Flight 1914/10/09
  • British Aircraft Manufacturers since 1908 by Gunter Endres. Pub 1995 ISBN 0-7110-2409-x
  • AA. [1] Image courtesy of Aviation Ancestry