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Composite Developments in Aircraft Structures — Part 1

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 May 1992


THE first tentative steps in the use of composite materials for primary structures were taken in 1940 when, a Blenheim main spar was built of Gordon Aerolite, a material developed by Dr. Norman de Bruyne's firm, Aero Research Ltd. of Duxford (now part of the Ciba‐Geigy Group). It comprised unbleached flax thread skein formed with phenolic resin in a heated press to form what was probably the world's first advanced composite material.


Middleton, D.H. (1992), "Composite Developments in Aircraft Structures — Part 1", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 64 No. 5, pp. 2-8.




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