Larkin Aircraft Supply Company

The Larkin Aircraft Supply Company (Lasco) was an Australian aircraft manufacturer based at Coode Island in Melbourne.

History edit

After returning from the First World War Herbert Joseph Larkin, a fighter pilot with the Royal Flying Corps, and his brother Reg Larkin formed an agency for Sopwith aircraft.[1] The company was formed in 1919 as the Larkin-Sopwith Aviation Company of Australia Limited, manufacturing aircraft components. The original company went into liquidation and Herbert Larkin then started the Larkin Aircraft Supply Company (known as Lasco) in 1921. In 1925 the company produced copies of the Avro 504K. The company also produced under-licence the de Havilland Gipsy Moth and one de Havilland DH.50 biplane. It also designed and built a number of aircraft including the Lasco Lascoter in 1929, the first all-metal aircraft to be built in Australia. The last design was the three-engined Lascondor. Withdrawal of government subsidy, and economic depression, caused the company to shut in the 1930s.

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References edit

  1. ^ "Larkin, Herbert Joseph (1894 - 1972)". Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  2. ^ Flight magazine, 19 December 1930, p.1469 (online archive version). Retrieved: 15 December 2008
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982–1985), Orbis Publishing