- British Hovercraft Corporation
British Hovercraft Corporation was the corporate entity created when the
Saunders Roedivision of Westland Aircraftand Vickers Supermarinecombined March 1966 with the intention of creating viable commercial hovercraft- (the shareholdings were Westland Aircraft 65%, Vickers 25%, National Research and Development Corporation 10%).
None of the Vickers designs were 'taken forward', the existing production of the
Saunders Roedesigns continued (SR-N5 (Warden Class) and SR-N6 (Winchester Class)) and the Saunders Roedesigned Mountbatten class hovercraft(SR-N4), was completed and entered the cross-channel service (the hovercraft which most people think of when the word "hovercraft" is evoked).
Only one new design was produced (1969) by the British Hovercraft Corporation, the BH-7 (Wellington Class).
Westland Aircraftacquired the shares of the other parties.
In 1971 the British Hovercraft Corporation acquired the
Cushioncraftcompany from Britten-Norman.
In 1984, the company name was changed to Westland Aerospace - hovercraft design/manufacture had effectively ceased and the company was involved with the manufacture of composites for the Aerospace industry.
The British Hovercraft Corporation was responsible for the largest
Union Flagin the world. They painted it on the doors of their hangar on the seafront at East Cowesin 1977 to celebrate the Silver Jubileeof the Queen's - the flag is visible on the enlargement of the picture right.
inherited designs from the Saunders Roe division of Westland Aircraft
SR-N6- stretched version of the N5
Royal Navy BH.7
* [http://www.bartiesworld.co.uk/hovercraft/saunders.htm Hovercraft of Saunders-Roe, Westlands, and British Hovercraft Corporation]
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