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Flying helmet with oxygen mask and headphones, c WWII.

Aertex fabric flying helmet, with fittings for electric headphones and oxygen mask. Air Ministry type 22C/747, WWII.

 
Leather flying helmet, c 1944.

Leather flying helmet, with fittings for electric headphones and oxygen mask. Air Ministry, c. 1944

 
Fokker Triplane, 1917-1918.

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.

 
De Havilland DH88 Comet, 1934.

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

 
Bristol Fighter, 1916.

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

 
Ader's 'Eole' flying machine, 1890.

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 (

 
Short S23 'Empire' Flying Boat 'Canopus', 1936.

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.

 
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.

 
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.