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By Paul Hare

The Army's Balloon manufacturing unit relocated to Farnborough in 1904 and was once renamed the Royal airplane manufacturing facility in 1912, turning into a fix facility for broken aeroplanes. this can be a background of the manufacturing facility, from the early ballooning and kite experiments to the ambitious SE5.

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