Percival Aircraft Company
He returned to England in 1929 and became an Air Ministry Test Pilot specialising in amphibians, seaplanes and Schneider Trophy racers. His interest in technology grew further and he became involved in collaborative projects with Saunders Roe Limited such as the Saro Percival Mail Carrier in 1930.
In 1933, Percival turned his attention to building his own designs and set up Percival Aircraft Company.
Initially, the company operated from Percival’s private address in London, contracting out manufacturing to George Parnell & Sons in Gloucestershire. The company quickly expanded its reputation through a series of record breaking flights by some of the best known aviators of the day, all in Percival aircraft.
In 1934 and after an order for 24 Gull aircraft which had to be manufactured by Parnell, Percival set up his own manufacturing facility in Gravesend, Kent.
Just two years later they consolidated operations to a larger facility at the newly-built Luton Corporation Airport with Design Offices in a large Georgian farmhouse nearby.
Under the new name of Percival Aircraft Limited all efforts were concentrated on the Percival Gull civilian racing aircraft and the Percival Q.6 Petrel, a communications aircraft and feeder liner.
With war imminent in 1938, Percival Aircraft Limited developed military communications aircraft such as the Percival Vega Gull and Percival Proctor.
Edgar Percival however had become disillusioned with life in England and resigned from the company in March 1940 before moving to the USA.
The company continued independently as Percival Aircraft Limited until 1944 when it was purchased as part of the Hunting Group who, after allowing the name to continue for another 10 years, changed it to Hunting Percival in 1954 and then Hunting Aircraft 1957.
|1933||Percival Aircraft Company|
|1936||Percival Aircraft Limited|
|1954||Hunting Percival Ltd|
|1960||British Aircraft Corporation|
|1932||Percival Gull IV/VI||1946||Percival P.40 Prentice|
|1934||Percival Mew Gull||1947||Percival P.48 Merganser|
|1935||Percival Vega Gull||1948||Percival P.50 Prince P.54 Survey Prince & P.66 President / Pembroke|
|1937||Percival Q.6||1950||Percival P.56 Provost|
|1937||Percival Petrel||1956||Percival P.74|
|1939||Percival P.28 Proctor|