Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

National Aircraft Factory No 2

From Graces Guide
  • National Aircraft Factory 2, Heaton Chapel near Stockport

Construction started: 9 October 1917. The building was set at an angle to the earlier works.

Contractor: Unit Construction Co. Ltd and H. Matthews and Sons (Builders) Ltd.

Opened: April 1918.

Area: 22 acres. Management: Crossley Motors Ltd.

Products: Dragonfly aero-engines, 326 aircraft of the DH. 9 and DH.10 types.

Manufacture began in April 1918 of DH 9 and DH 10 aeroplanes and the total output before 31 March 1919, was 326 aeroplanes - making it the most successful National Aircraft Factory, although the target of 40 per week was never reached. The site employed 2,540 employees in September 1918 of whom 37.5% were women. In July 1918, the factory was extended for the manufacture of Dragonfly engines.

The works were later used to make Fairey aircraft.[1]

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. First World War National Factories; English Heritage
  • National Factory Scheme [1]