Pemberton Billing Limited
The spirit of adventure was at the very heart of the company formed by publisher, lawyer, property developer and inventor Noel Pemberton Billing.
Another attempt to produce a viable design was the P.B.9 which, although the only example was eventually sold to the Royal Naval Air Service, was actually built in just 7 days, earning it the nickname the ‘Seven Day Bus’.
Pemberton-Billing Limited created the name ‘Supermarine’ which he used as the companies telegraphic address, this being reputed to have been chosen by Mr Pemberton-Billing as the opposite of ‘submarine’. The company eventually saw a small amount of success with the P.B.25, a single-seat scout aircraft of which 20 were built during 1915.
Mr Pemberton-Billing meanwhile, had lost interest in aviation in favour of a political life having been elected a Member of Parliament in 1916. During his parliamentary career, Pemberton-Billing was very vocal in his opposition to the activities of the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough whom he considered was a waste of money as it was 'tinkering with science', rather than preparing to face the so-called 'Fokker scourge'.
He eventually sold the company to his factory manager, Hubert Scott-Paine during 1916 who renamed it as The Supermarine Aviation Works Limited.
|1916||Supermarine Aviation Works Limited|
|1928||Vickers Aviation Limited|
|1954||Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Limited|
|1960||British Aircraft Corporation|