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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 15:15
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Correct again, it is British!
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 15:28
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And I would say around WW2 or shortly after.
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 15:38
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Actually it was a fair bit after the end of the war, I remember seeing it taxiing out of its hangar before its first flight from the the top deck of a bus on my way home from school, happy days!!
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 15:50
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What school was that then ?
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Certainly was post war back end of 1950s
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 16:10
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Originally Posted by dook
What school was that then ?
That would really give the game away!! Suffice to say that I hadn't taken my eleven plus and as Mel said it was the back end of the fifties and almost the dawn of the Space Age, really happy days!!
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Originally Posted by SincoTC
That would really give the game away!! Suffice to say that I hadn't taken my eleven plus and as Mel said it was the back end of the fifties and almost the dawn of the Space Age, really happy days!!
Please count me out on this one. I have nothing ready to post.
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 17:10
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The yokes look like Handley Page, but it's not the Herald.
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 17:40
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Originally Posted by dixi188
The yokes look like Handley Page, but it's not the Herald.
They do, but it's nothing to do with HP (unless they purloined or even purchased a pair of their yokes)
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 18:00
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Is the company extant ?
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 18:39
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Vickers Viking.....?
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 18:43
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Originally Posted by dook
Is the company extant ?
Well, sort of yes, no and yes again!

Like a lot of British aircraft manufacturers, this one was absorbed by another Group which later split and the original part was brought out by its Management and started trading again under the original name, now under the EASA banner, it has plans in hand to survive Brexit
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 18:44
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Hi sycamore,

Not a Viking
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 19:28
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Was the absorbing group BAC/Bae or maybe Hawker ?
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 20:37
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Sorry dook, I think I may have misled you slightly whilst trying not to hand you the answer on a plate, relying on memory and later experience with them, I now find that things were far more involved than it seemed at the time!! One of the principle characters involved was a regular lunch time visitor to the Public House run by my mother (opposite my school) and he later became quite famous! I will tell you now that my school was called Prince Avenue Junior.

Checking out the history, it was in fact taken over by a non-manufacturer that was providing defence support services to the Royal Air Force, the Fleet Air Arm and other overseas air forces. It also played a significant role in Post War civil aviation, both here and abroad.
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 20:53
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Was it Airwork ?
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 20:55
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Yes it was!

The clock is now ticking
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 21:06
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It might be but I can't hear it.

Something from Airspeed ?
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 21:31
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Originally Posted by dook
It might be but I can't hear it.

Something from Airspeed ?
Oh dear! I see that the Airwork story on wiki didn't hand it to you on a plate like I feared it might! My challenge's Company is actually mentioned, but somewhat blurred by another takeover/name change!

The challenge is not from Airspeed, but the revelation of my school's name should home you in!
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Old 2nd Nov 2019, 21:35
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Well yes - I know where you school is.
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