General Aircraft Limited
was a British
aircraft manufacturer from its formation in 1931 to amalgamation with Blackburn Aircraft
in 1949 to become Blackburn and General
. Its main products were military gliders
and light transport aircraft.
On 27 February 1931, General Aircraft Limited (GAL) was formed to undertake production of aircraft using the 'monospar' wing designs of the Mono-spar Company Ltd. Both firms were headed by Helmut J. Stieger, the Swiss inventor of the technique. GAL produced about 28 examples of the Monospar
series of twin-engined light transport aircraft at Croydon Aerodrome
between 1932 and 1934. In October 1934, both companies were re-capitalised by investment group British Pacific Trust, and were re-formed in a new company also named General Aircraft Limited. Also included in the new company were the assets of National Flying Services Ltd, the owner of London Air Park
, plus adjoining industrial premises built in 1917 by Whitehead Aircraft Ltd. In early 1935, the Croydon production facilities were transferred to the Hanworth site, near Feltham
. Production then re-started with the Monospar ST-12, Monospar ST-18, and Monospar ST-25.
In 1936, GAL received an order to build 89 Hawker Fury II
; this was followed by other sub-contract work including the conversion... Read More