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Hawker started making aircraft in the 1920s and they're name lives on today with Raytheon business jets. Their success from inception enabled the purchase of other successful British aerospace companies, such as Gloster (1934), merging with Armstrong Siddeley and Avro (1935), de Havilland (1959) before becoming Hawker Siddeley in 1963 and merging into British Aerospace in 1977.

Hawker's Kingston-upon-Thames design office created a long line of pre-war prop driven and post war jet combat aircraft. Their signature swept and curved wing, found in aircraft such as the Hunter and Harrier, was a key to their success in the 1950s jet age boom.

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