The Rolls-Royce vertical take-off-thrust measuring rig, 1954.

Image number: 10216108

The Rolls-Royce vertical take-off-thrust measuring rig, 1954.

Model (scale 1:24). This experimental rig was built to prove the feasibility of controlled flight without lifting surfaces. The first free flight was made on 3rd August 1954 by Captain R T Shepherd, chief test pilot of Rolls-Royce Ltd, at the controls. The machine, from its unusual appearance, became known colloquially as the 'Flying Bedstead'.

Image number:
10216108
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:12
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Science Museum