Handley Page Ltd.

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Frederick Handley Page during this period was a lecturer at City & Guilds and then at Northampton Polytechnic and London University.

Formed 17 June 1909; reportedly, first public company formed solely to make aeroplanes. Initially made propellers and accessories; first monoplane completed May 1910; further monoplanes and biplanes followed. Developed prototype bomber for British Admiralty Air Department, 1915, and then built nearly 400 bombers for the Admiralty. With contracts cut by end of WWI, formed Handley Page Transport in 1919 and also built airplanes for air transport. Company stayed in business until 1970.

Dir1920 p41 has an ad for Handley Page air services address: Handley Page Ltd., Cricklewood, London, N.W.2. Cross reference at SD146 of Handley Page B (H.P.2) to William P. Thompson, which see below, is not explained.

This firm acquired the assets of Aeronautical Syndicate Ltd. in April 1912. At that time its address was 72, Victoria Strees, S.W., London.[1]

See also slotted wing and its history.


  1. "Who said no Business doing?", Flight, 13 April 1912, p. 338.

Names Handley Page Ltd.
Country Great Britain
City Woolwich, then Creekmouth; then, 1912, to 110 Cricklewood Lane, N. London; then, 1915, to Claremont Road, Cricklewood, London.
Started aero 1909
Ended aero 1970
Key people Frederick Handley Page
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