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The Percival light aircraft manufacturing company became part of the Canadian-owned Hunting Group in 1954. Production was undertaken of the Percival P.56 Provost trainer for the RAF and several overseas forces. A turbine-powered derivative, the P.84 Jet Provost, flew shortly after the merger and was delivered to the RAF subsequently as its standard basic jet trainer. This eventually continued in production in much-modified form as the BAC Strikemaster. The Percival P.50 Prince twin-engined light transport was manufactured for civilian operators, as the Pembroke C.1 for the RAF, Swedish Air Force, Luftwaffe, and several other air arms, and as the Sea Prince for the Fleet Air Arm. An executive President variant was manufactured in small numbers after the company became Hunting Aircraft Ltd.


In 1957 the Hunting-Percival Company was renamed Hunting Aircraft and continued with production of the Provost, Jet Provost, Prince, Pembroke, and Sea Prince before being absorbed by the British Aircraft Corporation. BAC had a controlling interest in the company on its formation in 1960, and acquired the remaining shares in 1964.

 


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