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Classic LectAudio Classic Lecture: A History of Glosters by Hugh Burroughes

Classic Lecture: A History of Glosters by Hugh Burroughes FRAeS

Glosters specialised in bringing high-speed aircraft to the market, including the Sparrowhawk, Grebe, Gamecock, Gladiator, the E.28/39 which tested Sir Frank Whittle's jet engine and the Meteor which was the first Allied aircraft to enter service powered by a jet.
Co-founder of the company, Hugh Burroughes, gives a personal history of the Gloster Aircraft Company (GAC). Starting with its roots in the Aircraft Manufacturing Company during World War I, Burroughes charts the challenges of developing aircraft during the interwar period. He explores the take-over of the GAC by Hawkers in 1934, gives a manufacturers’ view of the Schneider Trophy Competitions and discusses the role of the company’s interwar designer, H. P. Folland. Burroughes also tells us of his company’s work providing the first aircraft for the jet engine, the E.28/39, together with the Meteor which followed. He concludes by exploring the Javelin programme and its part in the decline of the company after the war. All in all, he emphasises the importance of background and timing in the aircraft industry.
PLEASE NOTE: The end of the lecture was missing from the original recording and a new ending was added in 2021, using Burroughes’ paper published in the 1969 edition of the Aeronautical Journal. RAeS members have free access to Burroughes’ paper via
Hugh Burroughes FRAeS addressed a meeting organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Historical Group on 14 December 1964. The lecture is introduced by J. L. Nayler FRAeS FAIAA, the recording was digitised thanks to a grant from the RAeS Foundation and the podcast was edited by Eur Ing Mike Stanberry FRAeS.
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