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The specialist historic aircraft restoration and engineering company.

01424 755 898

What we do

Retrotec Ltd offer a comprehensive range of services from design to manufacture including the rebuilding of complete aircraft engines and their components.

All Retrotec Ltd’ s work is underpinned by CAA A8-21 (Manufacturing and Design) and A8-25 (Maintenance) accreditation and years of unrivalled experience.

The company can also undertake CAA Approved welding.

Surviving aircraft from the 30’s are extremely rare and their manufacturing techniques had mainly been lost but as a result of Retrotec Ltd skills, acquisition and accumulation of specialised machinery, the rediscovery of lost engineering processes has been born.

Retrotec Ltd is highly experienced in the restoration of unique surviving aircraft including ex-military from the beginning of WW1 to the end of WW2.

Retrotec Ltd applies a level of excellence that ensures customers receive an unparalleled, authentic and quality product.

CAA Approvals

About Us

Retrotec Ltd was formed in 1994, by Guy Black to restore vintage aircraft owned by collectors Historic Aircraft Collection Ltd and Aero Vintage Ltd, but now also serves a growing third-party worldwide customer base of historic aircraft owners who, for one reason or another, found it difficult to access a service which encompassed the highly complex engineering and production techniques required for their aircraft.

The company has a workshop facility at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford but the restoration workshops are a few miles north of Hastings, East Sussex, UK, where the company employs a small team of dedicated and highly skilled staff.

Retrotec Ltd is recognised as one of the world's premier aircraft restoration companies and has won numerous awards and trophies in recognition of their pioneering work on historic aircraft. Our expertise is not just limited to historic aircraft: we also undertake confidential work for the Ministry of Defence, the automobile industry and high specification components for the racing car industry.

The Boeing Trophy
Best Civilian Aircraft Concours d'Elegance
for the de Havilland DH9 restoration.

Presented at The Royal International Air Tattoo
Darrol Stinton Trophy
Awarded to Guy Black in recognition of his
'outstanding individual achievement in the operation and preservation of historic aircraft'

Presented by the Historic Aircraft Association.
The HAA Conrod Trophy was awarded to Guy Black and his company Retrotec Ltd.

The prestigious award was made in recognition of their outstanding efforts in locating, rescuing and resurrecting to flying condition a range of iconic British biplanes.