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First
Flight
Model Military Number Name
1936     Hurricane
1944     Sea Fury
1951 P.1067   Hunter
1955 FO.1411   Gnat
1960 P.1127   Harrier
1962 HS 1252   Dominie
1974 HS 1182 T-45 Hawk
1 acquired with Folland
2 acquired with de Havilland
Harry Hawker got his start in the aviation industry with the Sopwith Aviation Company which he joined as a mechanic in 1912.  Sopwith went out of business in 1920 and the H.G. Hawker Engineering Company formed directly afterward.

Hawker was killed in an aircraft accident in 1921 but his name survived.  Tom Sopwith took over the company renaming it Hawker Aircraft Ltd. in 1933.

In 1935, Tom Sopwith formed Hawker Siddeley Aircraft as a holding company for Hawker Aircraft, Gloster Aircraft, Armstrong Whitworth and Armstrong Siddeley Motors.  Famous Hawker aircraft include the Hart, Fury, Hurricane, Typhoon and Hunter.

Hawker Siddeley added Avro and Avro Canada in 1955.  The deHavilland Company and Folland were added in 1960.  Engine operations (de Havilland Engines and Armstrong Siddeley) were sold to Bristol in 1961.

In 1977, Hawker Siddeley, along with the British Aircraft Corporation and Scottish Aviation were nationalized and merged into British Aerospace.

Raytheon purchased British Aerospace's business jet line in 1993 maintaining the Hawker name.  In 2007, Raytheon sold its Beechcraft and Hawker divisions forming Hawker Beechcraft Corporation.

 

 

 

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