These six medals from different countries each commemorate a pioneer of manned flight. Several medals show the flight of hot air balloons. The medal in the centre is the Medal of Congress awarded to Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974), who made the first n
1:24 scale model of the Rolls-Royce 'Vertical take-off thrust measuring rig' (colloquially known as the 'Flying Bedstead')
Leather flying helmet, with head phones 10A/12401, oxygen mask and microphone 10A/12570. Air Ministry, c. 1946.
Aertex fabric flying helmet, with fittings for electric headphones and oxygen mask. Air Ministry type 22C/747, WWII.
Leather flying helmet, with fittings for electric headphones and oxygen mask. Air Ministry, c. 1944
Model of a Fokker Triplane, scale 1:10. In 1917 Anthony Fokker (1890-1939) designed this triplane for the German air service. It entered service with the leading German squadrons and equipped the famous Richthofen 'Flying Circus' during World War I.
Model, scale 1:24, of the De Havilland 'Comet' Aeroplane 'Grovenor House' . The Comet was specially designed to compete in the 1934 MacRobertson air race from Mildenhall to Melbourne. Three Comets took part, and the 'Grosvenor House' won the trophy a
Model (scale 1:10). The two-seater Bristol Fighter was capable of a speed of 115 mph at 10,000 feet and had a service ceiling of 20,000 feet. Designed by Frank Barnwell, It was a formidable aircraft used successfully in a combined reconnaissance-fi
Model (scale 1:10). This was French aviation pioneer Clement Ader's first flying machine. The Eole was the first aeroplane in the world to take off under its own power from level ground, flying for some 50 metres at a height of 20 cms in 1890. Ader (
Model of Short 'Empire' Flying Boat 'Canopus', scale 1:24. Imperial Airways ordered 28 Flying Boats from Short Brothers of Rochester, Kent, following the British Government's decision to carry all mail to the Empire by air without a surcharge.