Formed at Bovingdon, Herts 1947 to sell aircraft and spares. In 1949 acquired base at Southend, Essex, to maintain aircraft on Berlin Airlift. During 1952-1955 built Bristol Freighter center-sections. Sold about 20 civil Percival Prentices. Conversion of the 20-year-old Douglas DC-4 into a cheap car-ferry first considered January 1959; called Carvair, aircraft first flew June 1961; 21 built. Less successful was company's own medium-range airliner, the Accountant, with two Rolls-Royce Dart turboprops, flown July 1957 and backed by managing director F. A. Laker.

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