Hunting Aircraft

Hunting Aircraft
IndustryAerospace
FateMerged to form British Aircraft Corporation
Founded1933 (as Percival Aircraft Co.)
Defunct1960
HeadquartersLuton, Bedfordshire, UK

Hunting Aircraft was a British aircraft manufacturer, that produced light training aircraft and the initial design that would evolve into the BAC 1-11 jet airliner. Founded as Percival Aircraft Co. in 1933, the company later moved to Luton, UK. It was eventually taken over by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) in 1960.

History

Jet Provost T.1 prototype wearing the titles of Hunting Percival Aircraft in 1955

The company was formed as Percival Aircraft Co. in Gravesend in 1933 by Edgar Percival to produce his own designs. Restructured in 1936, it became Percival Aircraft Ltd, and moved to Luton Airport.

The company became part of the Hunting Group in 1944. Percival, who had resigned from the board to serve in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the war sold his remaining interest in the company at that point.

It changed its name to Hunting Percival Aircraft in 1954 and then to Hunting Aircraft in 1957.[1]

In 1960 the company was taken over by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), itself formed earlier that same year through the merger of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, English Electric and Vickers-Armstrongs.[2] BAC later became part of British Aerospace, now BAE Systems.

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