On Display

Alcock and Brown's Vickers Vimy biplane, 1919.

The aircraft in which Alcock and Brown made the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic.

 
The Giffard Airship, 1852.

Model of steam driven derigible by Henri Giffard 1852, scale 1:50 This dirigible was used in the first successful application of mechanical power to flight. The power unit was a single cylinder steam engine constructed by the French designer Henri Gi

 
Voisin Aeroplane, c 1908.

Model of Voisin Aeroplane scale 1:10. By 1908 the Voisin biplane was standardised in the form seen in this model. Despite being unmanoeuvrable in any true sense, it was deemed the first viable European aeroplane.

 
Hinks liquid oxygen vaporiser c 1923.

5 litre flask, complete, for oxygen breathing apparatus. Liquid oxygen was contained in the 5 litre vacuum walled flask. As oxygen evaporated, it built up pressure, and the gas was forced up and through the coil element on top. A tube took it to the

 
Control mechanism of Bleriot monoplane, 1909.

Portion of Fuselage containing control mechanism; of Bleriot Monoplane. French aviator Louis Bleriot (1872-1936) made the first cross-Channel heavier-than-air flight in his No XI monoplane on 25 July 1909.

 
Royal Navy C23 Coastal Airship, c 1917.

Model of C (Coastal) type non-rigid Airship, C.23. Mostly powered by 150 hp Sunbeam engines, those that survived the war were scrapped in 1919. The C23 was 200 feet long and had an envelope capacity of 170,000 cu.ft. A close up with a side view of th

 
A V Roe's Triplane, 1909.

9 H.P. Roe Triplane of 1909. Alliot Verdon Roe (1877-1958) was the first Briton to fly an all British aeroplane, the Roe I, on 13 July 1909 at Lea Marshes, Essex. The aeroplane was constructed from wood and paper, and was powered by a 9 hp JAP engine

 
Samuel Pierpoint Langley's 'Aerodrome', 1903.

Model of Langley's 'Aerodrome' (1903) scale 1:10 The full-size Aerodrome, with a wing span of 48 ft (16m) and powered by a 52 hp engine, was completed in 1903, and two attempts were made by Charles Manly to pilot it over the Potomac River in Washingt

 
Teapot illustrated with a ballooning scene, late 18th century.

One teapot in white and gold porcelain, 4' x 6'. Obverse: Charles & Robert balloon in gold inscribed 'Bon Voyage'. Reverse, balloon with rudders, inscribed 'Sic Iver Ad Astra'. From the Penn-Gaskell collection of 'ballooniana'. Public balloon asc

 
Hot-air balloons over countryside, 1785-1795.

One snuff box, circular, 3 1.4' x 1'.Painted lid.Charles & Robert over crowd in woodland.Paintings on circular wooden snuff box lids. One picture is of a hydrogen balloon over a crowd in woodland. The other shows a hot-air balloon over a river and mi