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English Electric

The first English Electric aircraft were built by a company that was formed in 1918 by the amalgamation of Phoenix Dynamo, Dick, Kerr & Co., Coventry Ordnance Works and two other large companies. EE built aircraft in WW1, including flying boats designed by the Seaplane Experimental Station at Felixstowe and aircraft designed by the Short Brothers. Aircraft manufacture under the EE name began in Bradford in 1922 with the English Electric Wren, but lasted only until 1926 after the last English Electric Kingston flying boat was built. As WW2 approached, EE was instructed by the Air Ministry to construct a "shadow factory" at Samlesbury Aerodrome in Lancashire to build Handley Page Hampden bombers. By 1942 another factory was built on the site to produce Handley Page Halifax bombers. In 1942, EE took over Napier & Son, an aero-engine manufacturer. Along with the shadow factory, this helped to re-establish the company's aeronautical engineering division. The design and experimental facilities were moved to the former RAF Warton near Preston in 1947. 1,300 de Havilland Vampires were produced at Samlesbury, while design of the Canberra proceeded, followed by the Lightning fighter. The aircraft division was formed into the subsidiary English Electric Aviation Ltd. in 1958, becoming a founding constituent of the new British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) in 1960. The English Electric name vanished in 1964 when the facilities became known as the BAC Preston Division.
E.E. Lightning F1/P1B The unmistakable nose of a Lightning! this is actually a pre-production version, hence it still bear...
E.E. P1A RAF Cosford has many interesting types on display, including this aircraft which led to the developm...
E.E. Canberra I love the Canberra. One of Britain's best, in fact so good, that the yanks decided to build their o...
Canberra PR9 at RAF Marham Canberra PR9, picture taken at RAF Marham (England) June 2005.
English Electric Lighning at AAD 2006 South Africa This Lightning is one of four belonging to Thunder City based in Cape Town, South Africa. No other e...
Canberra T-4 Canberra T-4 WH849/BE 231OCU RAF. RAF Fairford 16-07-1991.
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS931 This Lightning was part of the static display at RAF Abingdon, on 15 June 1968 when the RAF Celebrat...
Lightnings and Hunters in formation This picture is a reminder of when the RAF was a force to be reckoned with! Taken on 15 June 1968 at...
RAF Canberra # WT341 An early shot of an RAF Canberra, # WT341, flying high.
English Electric Canberra T.4 Photographed on the approach to RAF Cottesmore, while with 231 Operational Conversion Unit. After i...
English Electric Lightning T.55 RSAF 55-713 Photographed at the Midland Air Museum, Baginton, Coventry in January 2006. First flown by R. P. Be...
English Electric Canberra PR.3 WF922 Malcolm Lambert, who is the industrious "caretaker" of this aircraft, gave me a full tour of the air...

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