Following the take-over of the British Ford car firm by the Ford company of the United States of America, a British and an American aircraft firm are holding talks with a view to co-operating in production.
Following the take-over of the British Ford car firm by the Ford company of the United States of America, a British and an American aircraft firm are holding talks with a view to co-operating in production. But Sir Frederick Handley Page, 75-year-old head of Britain's Handley Page aircraft firm, denied in London, UK, Nov. 30 a newspaper report that the American McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, of St. Louis, Missouri, wanted to take over his firm for GBP6,000,000.
Handley Page make Britain's top-secret "Victor" bomber - the fastest and highest-flying jet in the H-force of the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command. Among projects now being developed are a supersonic research aircraft ("HP 115"), and a huge all-wing airliner, able to carry 300 passengers across the Atlantic at about GBP11 a head.
The McDonnell Corporation build the "Voodoo" fighter for the U.S. Air Force and the "Phantom 2" for the U.S. Navy in addition to a number of missiles. In order to expand, it is looking to Europe.
In the VISNEWS round-up of the Handley Page activities, a cameraman filmed the "Herald" aircraft under construction at Reading. This is a turbo-prop airliner - already ordered for British European Airways - and gives the firm a potentially valuable foothold in the civil airliner market. Depending on the talks, it could also be built in the U.S.