Born out of a lifelong passion for aviation and racing cars. The founders Peter and Erna Watts succeeded in realising their ambition to lay the foundations for a forward-thinking, modern day alternative way of supporting legacy aviation products, where OEM’s no longer support their products. This began in earnest in 1987 when Retro was established, and the term “Retro” was being coined for all things vintage. Consolidation of their CAA – A1 Approved Organisation business concerns at Mid-West Engines after successful CAA Public Transport Type Certification (the last UK CAA JAR-E piston engine program) and Retro’s incorporation in 2000, took the company forward yet another stage. Whilst the first of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flights Merlin engines was overhauled in the spring of 1999, this was not Retro’s first of type to be accomplished. However, it was probably to be the most significant.
From deep roots Retro provides Aviation Approved solutions to internationally recognised standards and is the embodiment of what we achieve. Having established a strong track record for delivering elegant and robust engineering solutions, Retro's care of duty to maintain this is significant.
Meet the Team
Team photograph coming soon.