British Aerospace

In the 1960s, the British government demanded that Britain’s numerous competing aircraft companies consolidate.  The result was the formation of the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) in 1960, later renamed British Aerospace (BAe) and still in operation under that name today.  Ultimately BAe came to include Vickers-Armstrong, Bristol, Hunting, English Electric and Hawker Siddeley (which itself had already absorbed other famous British aircraft companies, including Avro and de Havilland).  In 1977 the merged entity was nationalized and continued as the property of the British government until 1999, when after still further acquisitions, it became diversified defense contractor BAE Systems.





BAC 1-11

Panavia Tornado