Hunting Aircraft

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Hunting Aircraft
Industry Aerospace
Fate Merged to form British Aircraft Corporation
Founded 1933 (as Percival Aircraft Co.)
Defunct 1959
Headquarters Luton, 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. The company, based in Luton, UK, merged with other companies to form the British Aircraft Corporation in 1959.


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

The company was originally 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 RAFVR during the war sold his remaining interest in the company at that point.

Changing its name to Hunting Percival Aircraft in 1954 and finally to Hunting Aircraft in 1957[1] the company merged with the Bristol Aeroplane Company, English Electric and Vickers-Armstrongs in 1959 to form the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), later to become part of British Aerospace, now BAE Systems.


Percival Aircraft
Hunting Aircraft

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