Dowty Fuel Systems - Synopsis

Dowty Fuel Systems headquarters was based at Arle Court, Cheltenham, the factory was constructed in 1953 and this was where their Design Office, Main Machine Shop and Test Facilities were located.

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Dowty Fuel Systems – Arle Court

At Dowty Fuel Systems they designed, developed and produced fuel pumps and complete fuel systems for gas-turbines

Aerial view of Dowty Fuel Systems & Arle Court

Aerial view of Arle Court, with factory buildings of Dowty Hydraulics and Dowty Fuel Systems

Dowty fuel systems were used on many of the worlds most advanced aircraft.

It developed fuel control systems for the iconic Harrier jump jet and power controls for the legendary Concorde supersonic airliner.

Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3

In 1969 Dowty Fuel Systems had 1000 employees

Dowty Fuel Systems had other facilities at Staverton (“25 Site”) where testing, assembly, repair and overhauls were carried out.

There was also a Jet Test Cell based at Staverton Airport.

Test Cell at Staverton Airport, Gloucester

Dowty Fuel Systems had a large manufacturing facility based at Atworth, Wiltshire called New Mendip Engineering, which Dowty Group bought in 1951 and later changed the name to Dowty Fuel Systems Ltd.

Aerial view of New Mendip Engineering factory at Atworth

However, it was always referred to as “New Mendip” by those who worked there!

The 1960s onwards proved a period of innovation.

The basis of the Dowty fuel system is a spill-type burner of novel design.

Dowty Fuel Systems – Publication

Dowty Fuel Systems - Arle Court
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Fuel Systems - Arle Court
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Aerial view of Dowty Fuel Systems & Arle Court
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

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  • I have fond recollections when, back in the ’80s, I worked with Tony Peasley, Terry Srawford and other the test cell people on very early development of a digital FAEDEC system for the Pegasus. All this was very interesting and enjoyable, sometimes hair raising! I was employed by Hawker Siddely back then and this led me on to many years of gas turbine control and monitoring work with HSDE. Lunches in the visitors restaurant were always a great treat!

    By David Kingston (14/11/2018)

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