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  •  They had way too many companies (3+ / 0-)
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    At the end of WWII there were:

    Avro
    Blackburn
    Bristol
    De Havilland
    English Electric
    Fairey
    Folland
    Gloster
    Handley Page
    Hawker
    Miles
    Saunders-Roe
    Supermarine
    Vickers
    Westland

    There may have been more, these are just the ones I could think of.

    There just wasn't enough market to support so many companies, especially with competition from the US.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 03:13:44 AM PDT

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    •  True....but a lot of those had been sustained by (3+ / 0-)
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      immense WW2 contracts, with 'successful' aircraft being built by the others. e.g. Hawker Hurricanes built in quantity by Glosters, almost every Fairey Swordfish built by Blackburns, etc.

      The whole sector was undergoing 'natural' consolidation, immediately post-WW2, e.g. General Aircraft merged with Blackburn..... its just that the Conservative Government of the late 1950s/early 60s really didn't know what they were doing, and had some 'anti-aircraft' people (pardon the pun) at the very top.

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 03:46:12 AM PDT

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      •  Would they have done better (3+ / 0-)
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        to just let nature take its course rather than forcing the mergers?

        If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

        by Major Kong on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 03:56:13 AM PDT

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