Societe Anonyme Beige Avions Fairey registered September 12,1931. Plant bombed May 10,1940, reopened October 1946. Reorganized as Fairey SA 1964. Established originally to build Fairey Firefly II biplane fighters and Fairey Fox three-seat day bombers. License-production of 80 Hawker Hurricanes curtailed by bombing 1940, only two completed. Factory extended 1950-1951 when work began on Gloster Meteor F.8s for Belgian Air Force, also conversion of Meteor F.4s to T.7 standard. 240 Hawker Hunter F.4s and F.6s built 1955-1960; other activities included collaboration in multinational F-104G and Atlantic programs. Supplied rear fuselages and nose cones for single-seat variants of Mirage V for Belgian Air Force in joint program with SABCA. Following U.K. Fairey's acquisition of Britten-Norman (Bembridge) Ltd. in 1972, Islander and Trislander production was transferred to Gosselies until affected by liquidation in October 1977. See Sonaca.

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