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Austin: Aircraft

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1915 John Dudley North joined as superintendent of the aviation department; constructing RE 7 and RE 8 aircraft[1]

1916 Built a prototype of the Austin-Ball AFB1 single-seat fighter to a specification by Albert Ball a fighter ace.

Followed up with the AFT3 Osprey Triplane and Greyhound Biplane fighters.

1919 The Austin Whippet was a single-seat biplane designed by John Kenworthy. Only five were built by the Northfield Works.

1920 Built the Kestral to Air Ministry specification.

1937 Manufacturers of aircraft and aeromotors.[2]

None of their planes were successful so aviation was left in order to concentrate on the automotive business.

Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jan 12, 1968
  2. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries