Aeroplanes of the Royal Aircraft Factory (Crowood Aviation by Paul Hare

By Paul Hare

The Army's Balloon manufacturing facility relocated to Farnborough in 1904 and was once renamed the Royal airplane manufacturing unit in 1912, changing into a fix facility for broken aeroplanes. it is a background of the manufacturing unit, from the early ballooning and kite experiments to the ambitious SE5.

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Since the beginning, the army had allowed the laboratory to operate on the campus of the airfield. The close relationship with the army flyers served as a constant reminder to the engineers that every experiment they conducted had real-world implications. The double hangar—two 110-foot-long buildings standing side by side—had been covered in camouflage paint in 1942 to deceive enemy eyes in search of targets, its shady and cavernous interior sheltering the machines and their minders from the elements.

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