White and Thompson

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Company formed mid-1909 by Douglas White, who provided the financing, and Norman Thompson, a Cambridge graduate, but did not register until June 1912. Joined 1914 by F. P. H. Beadle as designer.

Built metal-skinned twin-engined biplane, pusher biplane, and single- and twin-engined flying boats, 1912-1913. In 1913-1914 built some 24 Short trainers for British Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). After start of WWI, produced 10 Beadle-designed tractor biplane for the RNAS; this is believed to be the first monocoque fuselage in production. Company changed name 4 Oct 1915 to Norman Thompson Flight Co.. Used boatbuilder H. Williams, which see, to build fuselages and hulls of various aircraft.


Names White and Thompson
Country Great Britain
City Middleton-on-Sea, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England
Started aero 1909
Ended aero 1915
Key people Douglas White, Norman Thompson, F. P. H. Beadle
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