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Model Military Number Name
1949     Canberra
English Electric was formed in 1918 by the merger of several companies in the heavy electrical industry.  The company entered the aviation industry in 1938 building Handley Page Hampden bombers.  After building Halifaxes and de Havilland Vampires, the company hired W.E.W. Petter as chief designer resulting in the Canberra in 1949.

English Electric also designed and built the Lightning supersonic interceptor (1954) before forming British Aircraft Corp. (BAC) with Bristol and Vickers in 1960 to comply with the government requirement that only merged companies could bid on the TSR.2 contract.





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