Large British engineering and shipbuilding company which
turned to aircraft
construction just before the First World
War, obtaining a license to build German DFW biplanes to
be powered by Beardmore-built Austro-Daimler engines.
Built large numbers of aircraft under
war. Under leadership of G. Tilghman Richards produced
original aircraft, including W.B.III, a redesigned Sopwith Pup with folding wings and folding or jettisonable landing
gear. Designed and built a small number of civil and military
aircraft in the interwar years.