Centrax Ltd

Has Operated from 1946 to Present

Founders/Directors – Richard H.H. Barr OBE & Geoffrey R. White

Centrax Ltd began life in Newton Abbot, Devon having been founded by two aviation entrepreneurs, one of which had previously worked for Frank Whittle’s Power Jets. This company quickly established itself as a manufacturer of jet turbine blades and compressor components and went on to open its first, purpose built factory in 1955. Shortly afterwards, Centrax opened a gas turbine division, starting out with small, company designed, built and packaged gas turbines which would then be put to use as industrial generators. Today, Centrax also packages gas turbines produced by Rolls-Royce and Siemens.

As far as Southend was concerned, it was from July 1965 that Centrax began to regularly frequent the airport with its single, Exeter based Dove G-ATAI, this being the airport that was closest to the company’s production facility. It is believed that the Dove’s operations to and from SEN comprised of either executive flights or visits to engineering companies at or near to Southend Airport and these flights would continue up until June 13th 1972. The company later purchased Handley Page Jetstream G-CTRX which ultimately replaced the Dove, although there is no record of this aircraft ever having visited the airport.

Many thanks to Jim Brazier for help with additional info for this page.


Centrax Ltd fleet from 1965 to 1972

De Havilland D.H.104 Dove

G-ATAI* – 1/65 to 6/86

Sold to Michael Gaye


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