Capacity for war: preparing the British Aviation Industry in the 1920s

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This article explores the relationship between the Air Ministry and the British airframe industry in the 1920s and the efforts undertaken to increase the capacity of the industry to increase output in the event of a national emergency. It charts the negotiations between the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) and Air Commodore L.E.O. Charlton in 1925. It argues that the Air Ministry were looking at the strategic problems that would be faced if the industry was not able to increase production while the SBAC were only concerned with their survival and looked to
exploit the Air Ministry’s concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages6
JournalRUSI Journal
Issue number3
Early online date8 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


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