The story of the Hawker Siddeley Group that built some of the most important aircraft and missiles of the 1960s, 70s and beyond. Charts the progress of the Group and follows their development after they became British Aerospace in 1977 to the present day.
Hawker Siddeley's history can be traced back to 1912 and the formation of the Sopwith Aviation Company by Tom Sopwith , which metamorphosed into Hawker Aircraft after World War One. In 1934-35, Gloster, Avro, Armstrong Siddeley, Armstrong Whitworth and others were taken over to create the Hawker Siddeley Group.
Stephen Skinner's interest in aviation was sparked by watching the maiden flightof the BAC One-Eleven in 1963, and since then he has a maintained a very strong interest in the development of British aviation. This is his seventh aviation history book; he has also written a large number of articles, and reviews books regularly for the Royal Aeronautical Society.