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Sir Frederick Handley Page




1885 - 1963

Frederick Handley Page was born at Cheltenham, England on November 15, 1885. After technical training and early employment in the field of electrical engineering, he founded Handley Page, Limited in 1909 at age 24.

Handley Page's design brilliance was manifested first in the 0/400 heavy bomber that flew in 1917 and later in the V/1500. The V/1500's four engines provided the astonishing bomb load of six and one-half tons and an endurance of twelve hours.

Recognizing the long-range transport value of large aircraft, Handley Page founded Handley Page Transport, Limited in 1919 and with it opened routes to Paris and Amsterdam. This company later became Imperial Airways.

In World War II, the Handley Page Hampden and Halifax bombers played major roles in the reduction of German industry and the eventual economic collapse of the Third Reich.

Handley Page was again at the forefront with his Victor four-jet bomber as England moved into the nuclear delivery role after World War II.

From 1909, until his death, 63 different aircraft types bore the name Handley Page. These, along with a broad variety of technical innovations such as his slotted wing, contributed immeasurably to the rapid development of the British aviation and aerospace industry until his death in 1963.

Frederick Handley Page is also recognized as an educator, advocating in the strongest terms, the value of sound technical training as the foundation for industrial success.

Invested 1987 in the International Aerospace Hall of Fame

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