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General Aircraft Limited, manufacturer of military gliders and light transport aircraft, of London Air Park, Hanworth, Feltham.
1933 Constructors of light aircraft under the Monospar system of construction (patented). Head Office and Works: Air Port of London, Croydon, Surrey.
1934 In October, the company restructured (the original company was voluntarily wound up) and moved to Hanworth Aerodrome in Feltham.
1935 Gained the licence for the British Empire for Hispano Suiza aero engines. These would be manufactured in the old Douglas factory at Bristol which had just been acquired by the British Pacific Trust
1936 The company received an order to build 89 Hawker Fury II. This was followed by other sub-contract work including the conversion of 125 Hawker Hinds into trainers.
1937 Aircraft constructors. "Monospar" Aircraft. 
1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Monospar metal-built four-passenger cabin Monoplane, with two Pobjoy Niagara IV Engines, including electric starters, generator and complete blind and night flying equipment. (Stand Nos. D.919 and D.816) 
1938 The company bought the design of the Cygnet aircraft from C. W. Aircraft which was developed as the Cygent II. The company also acted as a repair facility during the war for the Supermarine Spitfire and it modified Hawker Hurricanes into Sea Hurricanes. General Aircraft became an important designer and manufacturer of gliders during the war. After the war the company had to diversify into the construction of pre-fabricated houses and car bodies.
1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers
1942 Introduction of the Hamilcar - a large British military glider designed to carry heavy cargo. See Also 1944 Image.
1946 General Aircraft brought together two of its subsidiaries Airtraining (Fair Oaks) Ltd and Airtraining (Oxford) Ltd in a new company Universal Flying Services. The company was diversifying into a range of other products; gained sole manufacturing rights to the a new type of pump from Megator Pumps and Compressors Ltd
The company had designed and started to build a large transport aircraft the GAL.60 Universal. It realised it did not have the room or capacity to produce the aircraft in any number and approached the Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Co Aircraft who were looking for work to keep its factory at Brough Aerodrome busy.
1949 This led to the two companies merging on the 1 January 1949 to form the Blackburn and General Aircraft Ltd. The first aircraft was transported from Farnham to Brough and the factory at Farnham was closed.
|Monospar ST-4||1932||Cabin monoplane.|
|Monospar ST-6||1933||Cabin monoplane.|
|Monospar ST-10||1933||Cabin monoplane.|
|Monospar ST-11||1934||Cabin monoplane.|
|Monospar ST-12||1934||Cabin monoplane.|
|Croydon ST-18||1935||Cabin monoplane.|
|Monospar ST-25 Jubilee||1935||Light twin-engined utility aircraft.|
|Monospar ST-25 De Luxe||1930s||Light twin-engined utility aircraft converted from Jubilee.|
|Monospar ST-25 Universal||1936-1939||Light twin-engined utility aircraft. Twin fin and twin rudder.|
|GAL.26||1936||Re-engined experimental version of ST-25.|
|GAL.42 Cygnet||1937||Single-engined training or touring aircraft.|
|GAL.33 Cagnet||1939||Light trainer aircraft.|
|GAL.38 Fleet Shadower||1940||Carrier-based fleet shadower.|
|GAL.41||1940||Pressurised experimental aircraft based on the ST-25|
|GAL.45 Owlet||1941||Single-engined trainer aircraft.|
|GAL.47||1940||Single-engined twin-boom Air Observation Post aircraft.|
|GAL.48 Hotspur||1940-43||Training glider.|
|GAL.49 Hamilcar||1942-46||Tank-carrying and heavy loads glider.|
|GAL.56||1944||Experimental tailless gliders.|
|GAL.58 Hamilcar X||1942-1946||A powered version of the Hamilcar I.|
|GAL.60 Universal Freighter||1955||British heavy transport aircraft built by Blackburn and General Aircraft and flown by squadrons of the Royal Air Force Transport Command from 1957 until 1967.|