de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School

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Salisbury Hall, where the Technical School moved in 1941.
Astwick Manor, where the School moved in 1947–48.

The de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School was founded in 1928, initially to provide owners of de Havilland Moth aircraft with technical maintenance skills.[1]

The Technical School was started at Edgware, London, England by Geoffrey de Havilland, founder of the de Havilland aircraft company, together with Frank Hearle.[2] In 1934, the School moved to Hatfield, Hertfordshire, following the establishment of Hatfield Aerodrome there. The curriculum widened to cover the design, manufacture, and operation of aircraft in general. The instructors were engineers from the de Havilland company.

In 1940, the School was bombed by the Germans in a World War II raid and it was forced to move to Welwyn Garden City nearby. It then transferred to Salisbury Hall in 1941, now the location of the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre. During 1947–48, the School was moved to Astwick Manor, to the northeast of Hatfield Aerodrome.

In 1963, the de Havilland company became part of Hawker Siddeley Aviation and the School was renamed to become the Hawker Siddeley Aviation (Hatfield) Apprentice Training School in 1965. Later it became part of Hatfield Polytechnic and then the College Lane campus of the University of Hertfordshire.[3]

There were also associated schools at Broughton, Christchurch, Lostock, and Portsmouth.[2]

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  1. ^ De Havilland Archived 30 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, RAF Museum, UK.
  2. ^ a b The de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School, de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School Association, UK.
  3. ^ The Francis Frith Collection, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK.

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