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R. F. D. Co of 17 Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey (1937); of Godalming (1953).
1920 Company founded.
1930 Built one example of the Albatross glider designed by Mr C. H. Latimer-Needham
1936 Public company.
1937 Aeronautical engineers.  Lighter-than-air specialists. The R.F.D. automatically inflatable dinghies. The Youngman dinghy packed away into the wing or fuselage.
The range of the company's products included all types of air bags, balloons, canvas work, dinghies, aero-motor covers, parachutes, harness, windsocks, as well as metal and wood turnings and general engineering work.
1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers
1961 Manufacturers of survival and rescue equipment for military and civil aircraft and shipping; training aids for ground and air combat forces; industrial safety equipment; breathing gear for smoke and toxic vapours; fabricators of metals and plastics; textile weavers, dyers and proofers. 1,100 employees.