Kingsbury Aviation

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De Havilland DH.6

Kingsbury Aviation was an English aircraft manufacturer and engineering business based at Kingsbury Aerodrome, Kingsbury, London from 1916.

From 1915 the engineering company Barningham Limited used a building near Kingsbury House to manufacture equipment in support of the war effort.[1] In 1916 it purchased the 109-acre Kingsury House estate and with planning permission for two hangars it created Kingsbury Aerodrome and formed a new company Kingsbury Aviation.[1]

Kingsbury Aviation had a contract to build 150 Airco DH.6 training biplanes for the Royal Flying Corps (RFC)[2] and by mid-1918 it employed 800 people on the site.[1] The company had a contract to build 20 Vickers Vimy biplane bombers but with the end of the First World War the government contracts were cancelled.[1] The company designed and built a motor scooter and a light car but they were not a success and they went into liquidation in 1921.[1] After a few years of being empty the aerodrome and hangars were purchased by Vanden Plas to build motor car bodies.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Philip Grant (2011). "Kingsbury Works - Wings and Wheels" (PDF). London Borough of Brent.
  2. ^ Jackson 1987, p. 92
  • Jackson, A. J. (1987). De Havilland Aircraft since 1909. London: Putnam. ISBN 0 85177 802 X.
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