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Bristol was originally formed in 1910 to produce aircraft
and entered the aircraft engine business in 1920. The aircraft engine
business quickly became the focus of the company, although Bristol
developed important aircraft until it became part of British Aircraft
Corp. in 1960.
Bristol's engine business created a string of successful piston and jet
engines until acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1966.
1910: The British and Colonial Aeroplane Co. is formed to manufacture
1920: The company changes its name to the Bristol Aeroplane Co. and
purchases the aircraft engine assets of the failed Cosmos Engineering.
With this acquisition, Bristol acquires the Jupiter engine...one of the
premier engines of the 1920s.
1945: Bristol enters the jet age with a turboprop, the Theseus of 1945.
1956: Bristol becomes two separate companies...Bristol Aircraft and
1959: The Ministry of Supply forces aircraft suppliers to merge in order
to compete on the TSR.2 contract. Bristol Aero-Engines merges with
Armstrong Siddeley to form Bristol Siddeley Engines Ltd.
1960: Bristol Aircraft (along with English Electric and Vickers) form the
British Aircraft Corp (BAC).
1961: Bristol Siddeley acquires de Havilland Engines and Blackburn Engines
(Blackburn Aircraft joins Hawker Siddeley).
1966: Bristol Siddeley is purchased by Rolls-Royce.