British Hovercraft Corporation
On 1st March 1966 the Westland's and Vickers' hovercraft activities were merged to form the British Hovercraft Corporation (BHC)(shareholdings - Westland Aircraft 65%, Vickers 25%, National Research and Development Corporation 10%).
In October 1970, Westland Aircraft bought out both of the other partners and BHC became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Westland group.
As well as developing and manufacturing hovercraft, over the years BHC became increasingly involved with supplying the world-wide Aerospace industry with composite components.
1984 saw the name 'British Hovercraft Corporation' changed to Westland Aerospace as the nature of the business had changed with hovercraft being a very small part.