British aviation 1962-1972: consolidation and cancellation

In the second part of our series looking at the British aerospace industry during Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, we examine the decade between 1962 and 1972

After the Macmillan government rocked the industry with the cancellation of manned fighters and forced mergers, another decision was forced on it in 1962. The Skybolt crisis would diminish the role of the RAF in favour of the Royal Navy, with obvious ramifications for the industry.

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