Kirkbymoorside, York. YO62 6EZ, England
is an aircraft company based in Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire, England. The
company was founded in nearby Scarborough by Frederick Nicholas Slingsby,
a furniture manufacturer, World War One aviator and gliding enthusiast.
Its first aircraft was a German designed Falke which flew in 1931. In 1934
the company moved to Kirbymoorside. Slingsby’s last glider, the T65 Vega,
ceased production in 1982.
The company is a subsidiary of Cobham PLC. Cobham has 3 main groups of
companies; FR Aviation, Aerospace Systems (formerly Flight Refuelling
Group) and the Chelton Group of companies (of which Slingsby Aviation is a
Slingsby designs and manufactures composite structures, ranging from large
marine structures, such as submarine rudders, to lightweight helmets for
helmet mounted display systems, mainly for the aerospace and defence
Slingsby Aviation’s SAH2200 hovercraft has operated in such varied regions
as the Arctic Circle and Africa. Two are seen in the James Bond movie, Die
The company builds the T67 Firefly, a two seater military training
Slingsby Aviation employs around 130 people on its 12,220 square metres
(131,000 square feet ) site.
The company has its own airfield with a 750 metre reinforced grass runway.