Blackburn was a British airplane manufacturer founded by Robert Blackburn in Leeds, England, in 1908. It built a number of elegant monoplane designs from then through the middle of World War I, and then a series of (mostly ungainly) naval bomber and observation aircraft through the 1920s and 1930s. During World War II it built the unsuccessful Skua, Roc and Firebrand naval aircraft. After the war it produced some useful transports and finally a quite successful naval strike plane, the Buccaneer, but was absorbed into Hawker Siddeley during the 1950s consolidation of the British aircraft industry. Its name ceased to be used even to denote a division of H-S by the early 1960s.