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    A selection of 'ballooniana' objects, late 18th century.

    Model of balloon, in glass and metal, 10', containing 4 scent bottles.French. With wooden travelling case.The objects, from the Penn-Gaskell collection, are: a model of a balloon which opens up to reveal four scent bottles, two teapots, two snuff box

    Plates painted with aerial scenes,  c 1850.

    French patriotic plate, 10', flying machine over trees and hills. Inscribed '1 er d'essai d'un navire aerien 1780'.

    German Fokker E III Monoplane, 1915.

    The Fokker E III Monoplane was designed for the German air forces by the Dutch aeroplane designer Anthony Fokker (1890-1939). The E III, or 'Eindecker' (one-wing) was a highly significant development in military aviation. Not only did it boast consid

    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

    Flying helmet, Air Ministry, c 1941.

    Leather flying helmet, with zipped ear pockets, and fittings for oxygen mask. Air Ministry, c. 1941

    Section of a Boeing 747, 1973.

    Section of Boeing 747 foreward fuselage (cut from 747-SR-46 supplied to Japan Air Lines 21/12/73). The 747, or Jumbo Jet, as it is popularly known, is the world's largest and best-known jet airliner.

    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 Cierva Autogiro C6D, c 1926.

    Model of Cierva Autogiro C.6D, scale 1:10 In an attempt to make flying safer at take-off and landing, the Spaniard Juan de la Cierva developed the 'gyroplane', in which the lift is achieved by a free spinning rotor. The autogiro, predecessor to the t

    'Jason I', de Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth, 1928.

    Amy Johnson piloted Jason I to become the first woman to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia

    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.

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