Percival Aircraft Co. was formed in 1933 by Edgar Percival and relocated to Luton to became Percival Aircraft Ltd.

The companies name changed to Hunting Percival Aircraft in 1954 and finally to Hunting Aircraft. Then merged with the Bristol Aeroplane Company, English Electric and Vickers-Armstrongs to form the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), later to become part of British Aerospace, now BAE Systems.


The Percival P.56 Provost replaced the Percival Prentice as the ab initio trainer for the Royal Air Force in the 1950s. The design was adapted into the Jet Provost (and Strikemaster).

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