Fate, again, came to the rescue of Bournemouth Airport and with the departure of BOAC in 1949 Vickers established a base at Hurn and commenced production of Vickers Varsities.
This was followed by Vickers Viscounts, and later (under the ownership of BAC) the 1-11.
Total production of these three types of aircraft at Bournemouth numbered 146 Varsities, 279 Viscounts and 222 1-11’s.
Bournemouth quickly became renowned for aircraft production, and amongst the aircraft production a series of development also took place including some design work on the ill fated TSR2, and component manufacture for Concorde, the Panavia Tornado and Shorts Skyvan.
With De Havilland still occupying the ex RAF Christchurch airport 5 miles to the south, it is no surprise that Christchurch had become seen as one of the main centres of aircraft production in the UK.