The Great War-Plane Sell Off

November 1918 ended not just The Great War but also a period of monumental growth in aircraft-building.
We now had vast numbers of fighting machines all built using taxpayer’s money. Now this stockpile had to be disposed of, a process that was far from straightforward.
The Government tried selling to the public through huge auctions, but there were few takers for aircraft amidst the war-weary civilians.
The ‘aircraft mountain’ posed a situation that rocked Parliament and created a national scandal. Efforts to satisfy public outcry led to the creation of a unique business called The Aircraft Disposal Company which took over one of the Government’s supremely inefficient former aircraft factories at Croydon and acquired the Nation’s stockpile.
What happened next has been described as a farce but the hard reality was that in marketing surplus aircraft cheaply it effectively killed off growth in the aircraft industry for many years.
During the 11 years of its curious existence it played a major part in founding the de Havilland Moth dynasty and the Gipsy engine.
138 pages with 177 photographs plus 26 drawings and facsimiles. Includes complete specifications of all ADC’s aircraft and engines. £24.95 plus post & packing.
ISBN 1-904514-18-9
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