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Westland and the British Helicopter Industry, 1945-1960 : Licensed Production versus Indigenous Innovation - Matthew R. H. Uttley

Westland and the British Helicopter Industry, 1945-1960

Licensed Production versus Indigenous Innovation

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Published: 30th September 2001
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Between 1945 and 1960, British government policy was to foster an indigenous helicopter research capability. In parallel, Westland Aircraft Limited focused on licensed production of foreign helicopter technology developed in the USA. While other companies subsumed under British government industrial policy failed to enter commercial production, Westland, through the use of this alternative focus, emerged as Britain's sole helicopter manufacturer in 1960. This work shows how Westland dominated British helicopter production and why government funding and support failed to generate competitive "all-British" alternatives. The text evaluates historiographic assumptions about the purported "failure" of British aircraft procurement during the early post-war period as well as considering the scope and limitations of licensed production as a government-mandated procurement strategy.

List of Tables and Figuresp. viii
Series Editor's Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Pre-1940 Helicopter Developmentsp. 15
The Wartime Legacy, 1940-45p. 31
Establishing a British Helicopter Industry, 1945-47p. 58
Helicopter Policy, 1947-50p. 80
Helicopter Developments, 1950-55p. 112
Helicopter Developments, 1955-60p. 160
Conclusionp. 197
Appendicesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780714651941
ISBN-10: 071465194X
Series: Cass Series--Studies in Intelligence
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1