British Aircraft Corporation

British Aircraft Corporation, British aircraft manufacturer

British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) was established in 1960 through the amalgamation of Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd. with English Electric Company and Bristol Aeroplane Company; shortly afterward BAC acquired a controlling interest in Hunting Aircraft Ltd.

In 1963, BAC acquired the guided weapons interests of both Bristol and English Electric and in addition created companies to serve the newly-emerging space and electronics industries. BAC reached agreement with Bregeut in 1966 to build the SEPECAT Jaguar Attack Aircraft and the first of eight prototypes flew in September 1968. Soon after, MBB, Fiat and Fokker joined forces with BAC (March 1969) and formally created Panavia Aircraft GmbH to produce the Panavia Tornado, of which 992 were produced worldwide.

A major landmark in world aviation was established on 2nd March 1969 with the first flight of Anglo-French Concorde. The supersonic airliner would set new levels of comfort and performance on routes around the world and was said to be the pinnacle of British aviation engineering expertise.

Alongside the accomplishments of BAC, the Hawker Siddeley Group were also experiencing success with the likes of the Harrier 'Jump Jet' and Trident airliner, and both companies competed side-by-side for contracts throughout the 1960’s and early 1970’s - that was until the British Government indicated their desire for the two entities to merge.

In 1977 BAC and Hawker Siddely Aviation were nationalised and British Aerospace Plc. emerged.

BAC had their headquarters at Weybridge.