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