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Rotol Airscrews originated in 1937 at temporary premises in Llanthony Road, Gloucester and was formed by Rolls Royce and Bristol Aircraft to take over both companies propellor developments, the company transferred to the new factory at Staverton at the end of 1937.
By 1959 Rotol Airscrews and British Messier along with Dowty Equipment and Dowty Fuel Systems became part of the new Dowty Aviation Division based at Cheltenham.
In 1960 Rotol Airscrews was acquired and became known as Dowty Rotol
By 1980 Dowty Rotol was the largest company in the Dowty Group Aerospace and Defence Division, they employed 3,800 and occupied 34,000m2 of offices, manufacturing workshops and ancillary services.
Dowty Rotol were manufacturers of aircraft accessory equipment, aircraft undercarriages, propellers, gearboxes, hydraulic systems and flying controls.
Dowty Rotol – Landing Gear
Leading in Creative Engineering
Dowty Group – Leading in Creative Engineering
Machine and Workshops
Photographs showing the various machine and workshops within Dowty Rotol
Memories of a Wartime Evacuee - Staverton 1940
“In 1940 my family, including my mother, father, two brothers and one sister, evacuated from Hillingdon, Middlesex to Staverton via ...
No 1 Assembly Shop
Photographs of Dowty Rotol No 1 Assembly Shop Main Photos show BAe 146 main landing gear
On the Shop Floor
Photographs from Dowty Rotol showing employees working on the production lines and assembly areas
Paris Airshow June 1989
Paris Airshow June 1989 Dowty F50 Propeller and first showing of A340 Undercarriage model just to the left.
Photos of Dowty Rotol Buildings
Selection of photographs showing the Dowty Rotol site at Staverton, Gloucester. The iconic white building was not always white!
Propeller Assembly R212 HS 748
Dowty Rotol – Propeller Assembly R212 HS 748
RAAF Memorial Grove Canberra, Australia
RAAF Memorial Grove Canberra, Australia The Dowty-Rotol propeller symbolises, according to the plaque, the Royal Australian Air Force’s operational and heritage ...
RAF Careers Exhibition 1962
Photographs from a RAF Careers Exhibition 1962
Ram Air Turbine
This is the mock up for the Dowty Rotol Ram Air Turbine (RAT) for the Tornado F3 Air Defence Variant ...
Ram Air Turbine
Dowty Rotol – Ram Air Turbine
Rotol Amateur Boxing Club
Gloucestershire Echo July 19th 1944 Rotol ABC. (Amateur Boxing Club) The Larry Manton mentioned in the latter part of this report was ...
Dowty Rotol – Rotol Equipment
Rotol Messier - Apprentice Pay Rates 1958
These were the Rotol Messier Apprentice Pay Rates in 1958
Safran in the UK
Safran in the UK Safran Landing Systems (formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) is a French company involved in the design, development, manufacture and customer ...
Servo Control Valves Series 30 Data Sheet 1541
Dowty Rotol – Servo Control Valves Series 30 Data Sheet 1541
Servo Control Valves Series 31 & 32 Data Sheet 1540
Dowty Rotol – Servo Control Valves Series 31 & 32 Data Sheet 1540
Sir George Dowty "thank you" letter to employees
Sir George Dowty “thank you” letter to employees on 21st Anniversary – Jul 1952
Sister Rees Retires - March 1972
Dowty News press clipping from 1972
Some Aspects of the Development of the Fokker F27 "Friendship"
Royal Aeronautical Society Gloucester & Cheltenham Branch Paper “Some Aspects of the Development of the Fokker F27 “Friendship” presented by ...
The Saunders-Roe (later British Hovercraft Corporation) SR.N6 hovercraft (also known as the Winchester class) was essentially a larger version of ...
The Anglo-French "Alize" Sub Killer
Reprinted from The Aeroplane magazine, an article about The Anglo-French “Alize” Sub Killer – Jun 1958 The Breguet Br.1050 Alizé (French: ...
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