Royal Aircraft Factory (RAF)
In 1912 the former Balloon Factory at Farnborough, England, was renamed the Royal Aircraft Factory. Among its designers was Geoffrey de Havilland who later founded his own company and Henry Folland – later chief designer at Gloster Aircraft Company, and founder of his own company Folland Aircraft. Between 1911 and 1918 the Royal Aircraft Factory generated a number of aircraft designs. Most of these were essentially research aircraft, but a few actually went into mass production, especially during WW1. Some orders were met by the factory itself, but the bulk of production was by private British companies, some of which had not previously built aircraft. In 1918 the Royal Aircraft Factory was once more renamed, becoming the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) to avoid confusion with the Royal Air Force, which was formed on 1 April 1918, and because it had relinquished its manufacturing role to concentrate on research.
Biplane at Shuttleworth
Biplane seen at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire in November 2009.
Brown RAF biplane
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a seen at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshir...