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.
The E28/39 was the first Allied jet aircraft, having its first official flight on 15 May 1941.
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, serial number XP831. This is the first prototype which achieved vertical take-off on 21st October, 1960.
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
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.
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.
The aircraft in which Alcock and Brown made the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic.
Model of Junkers Ju 87-D aircraft, scale 1:24. A new method of aerial warfare was demonstrated by the German Luftwaffe in 1939. Advancing Panzer divisions had the close cooperation of dive bombers to blast away at enemy defenses.