during World War I, Gloster was probably most famous for it's
radial-engined biplanes of the inter-war years. Gloster was
also a pioneer in jet aircraft, designing and producing the Meteor.
1917: Airco and H.H. Martyn form the Gloucestershire
Aircraft Co. to manufacture aircraft
1921: Harry Folland appointed chief
1926: Company changes its name to Gloster
Aircraft Co. to help export customers
1934: Gloster is taken over by Hawker to
form the Hawker Siddeley Group. Folland
leaves to form his own firm. Gloster is run as a separate
1961: Armstrong Whitworth and Gloster are
combined to form the Whitworth Gloster division of Hawker Siddeley.