posted on Mar, 1 2007 @ 04:58 AM
Ah, see, I knew it was a Janes piccy
Spitfire Helicopters is a US small helicopter firm (see, I got that bit right as well - not a major manufacturer) and had some success at the
beginning of the 1980's building a light helo that was similar in many ways to the Enstrom F28.
As for re-used names, British companies did it all the time, for example the Westland Whirlwind is a WW2 fighter as well as a 1950's helicopter, the
Hawker Harrier is a 1930's biplane as well as a 1960's jump jet. The Hawker Fury was a biplane fighter in 1930 and a 460mph monoplane in 1943.
The DH Comet was a small beautiful racer in 1934 and a 4-jet beautiful - if flawed - jetliner two decades later.
related to the Typhoon also was the Hawker Tornado, an identical fighter but with a different engine.
As for British aircraft names re-used by others there is the NA FJ Fury and Boeing F-18 Hornet (DH Hornet - which was also a single seat twin engined
Another aspect is where British names were adopted by Americans for their own aircraft, this happened in WW2 where the British Air Ministry allocated
names were also adopted in the USA, examples being the Douglas C-47 Dakota, North American Mustang, Douglas Havoc and Brewster Buffalo