Hawker Siddeley Aviation was formed in 1935 when Hawker Aircraft acquired engine manufacturer Armstrong Siddeley and aircraft manufacturer Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft, along with A V Roe & Company (Avro) and Gloster Aircraft Company. Each company produced their own designs: Avro produced the famous four-engined Lancaster bomber; Hawker Siddeley produced the Hawker Hurricane, made famous during the Battle of Britain; and Gloster went on to produce the Gloser Meteor, the only jet to be used by the Allies during the Second World War.
In 1948, the company reformed its aviation interests as Hawker Siddeley Aviation and its missile and space technology interests as Hawker Siddeley Dynamics. Hawker's engine interests were merged with those of Bristol, forming Bristol Siddeley (later purchased by Rolls-Royce). On 29 April 1977 a Government enforced merger saw the British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Hawker Siddeley Dynamics and Scottish Aviation merged to form British Aerospace (BAe).
|Company||Hawker Siddeley Aviation|
|Period of operation||1934 - 1977|
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