Aircraft Components - People

Photographs of the people who used to work at Aircraft Components

Martin Robins writes, that there were 40 Dowty Pioneers….

To qualify as a Dowty Pioneer one had to have been employed by the original company – Aircraft Components – at either the Grosvenor Place works or the Bath Street offices in Cheltenham.

When in 1935 the business relocated to Arle Court, a special dinner was held in the canteen, then a wooden hut, all directors attended this event. Each Pioneer was then given a silver cigarette case – if you did not smoke you received a gold wrist watch.

Sir George wrote yearly to each Pioneer on their birthday and included a cheque.

Somewhere those cigarette cases and wrist watches can still be found!.”

Sir George Dowty with his first employees at Aircraft Components
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Sir George Dowty and G Bowstead at Aircraft Components Re-Union
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

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