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Blackburn and General Aircraft

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January 1952.
1953.
1954. Palouste gas turbo compressor.
February 1957.
February 1957. Apprentice Training a the Brough Works.
February 1957. 1956 S.B.A.C. Show stand.
February 1957. Apprentice Training a the Brough Works.
March 1957.
May 1957.
May 1957.
December 1957.

1949 The Blackburn Aircraft Co amalgamated with General Aircraft as Blackburn and General Aircraft as part of a post-war move to consolidate aircraft manufacturing. Reduction in demand for Percival Prentice aircraft and for Cirrus engines which were used in light aircraft. Subsidiary Humberside Agricultural Products Co Ltd delivered its first tractor[1]

1950 Board-room splits left the company without a permanent managing director for some time. The Feltham factory was closed and work moved to Brough. The Universal freighter had its first flight. Future work at Dumbarton was put in question because of change in government policy about building houses[2]

1951 Acquired Thomas Green and Son of Leeds, maker of lawn mowers and road rollers[3]

1953 Production of the Beverley, the military counterpart of the Universal, was being ramped up for the RAF. The flying school was shut because of change in policy for service training[4]

1956 Acquired Jowett, which had been a maker of cars[5]. One third of Group turnover came from sources other than the Government[6]

1958 Beverley production ended; the N.A.39 was only just at the prototype stage[7]. Set up separate unit to make and sell electronic equipment for industrial applications, making use of the experience of the company's electronics department[8]

1959 The group was renamed Blackburn Group - 3 new operating subsidiaries were created[9]:

together with existing subsidiaries[10]:

as well as an associated company: Megator Pumps and Compressors

1960 Absorbed into Hawker Siddeley as part of the rationalisation of British aircraft manufacturers


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times , Jan 08, 1949
  2. The Times, Dec 06, 1950
  3. The Times, Sep 11, 1951
  4. The Times, Sep 01, 1953
  5. The Times Sep 24, 1955
  6. The Times, Jul 31, 1956
  7. The Times, Jul 21, 1958
  8. The Times, Nov 20, 1958
  9. The Times Apr 01, 1959
  10. The Times, Aug 06, 1959