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

    1:24 scale model of the Rolls-Royce 'Vertical take-off thrust measuring rig' (colloquially known as the 'Flying Bedstead')

     
    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.

     
    Gloster-Whittle E28/39 jet aeroplane, 1941.

    The E28/39 was the first Allied jet aircraft, having its first official flight on 15 May 1941.

     
    Pitts Special aerobatic aircraft, 1969.

    The Pitts Special is one of the classic aerobatic aircraft. It was designed in 1944 in Florida by Curtis Pitts with a specific pilot in mind. This particular aircraft, registration G-AZPH, was manufactured in the USA in the late 1960s and imported an

     
    Hawker P 1127 VSTOL Experimental Aircraft, 1960.

    Hawker P.1127 VSTOL Experimental Aircraft, 1960, serial number XP831. This is the first prototype which achieved vertical take-off on 21st October, 1960.

     
    Hawker Hurricane Mk I, c 1940.

    Hawker Hurricane Mk.I. L.1592. This particular machine fought over Dunkirk and in the Battle of Britain. Although similar in appearance to the Supermarine Spitfire and also powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the Hurricane is fundamentally differ

     
    The Armstrong Siddeley 840 hp 'Tiger' aero engine, 1931.

    Sectioned Armstrong Siddeley 840 H.P. 'Tiger' Aero engine. Two of these engines were used to power Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley bombers, twin-engined medium bombers operated by the RAF in the 1930s.

     
    Vickers 'Viscount' airliner, 1953.

    Model of Vickers 'Viscount' Airliner, scale 1:48. The Viscount was the first aircraft powered by gas turbine (turboprop) engines to enter regular airline service. The first flight took place on 18 April 1953 with British European Airways (BEA) on the

     
    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