On Display

'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.

 
Santos-Dumont's '14 bis' aeroplane, 1906.

Model of Santos-Dumont Aeroplane, 14 bis. (1906), scale 1:10 Designed and piloted by the Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont. The first accredited sustained flight in Europe (other than a 'hop') to be achieved by a manned, powered aeroplane was made by S

 
The Giffard Airship, 1852.

Model of steam driven derigible by Henri Giffard 1852, scale 1:50 This dirigible was used in the first successful application of mechanical power to flight. The power unit was a single cylinder steam engine constructed by the French designer Henri Gi

 
Supermarine Rolls Royce Seaplane, S6B S1595, 1931.

Supermarine Seaplane, S.6.B. S.1595 (with dummy engine). Winner of the Schneider Trophy, 1931. This aircraft was designed by Reginald J. Mitchell (1895-1937), the designer of several world-beating seaplanes and the famous Supermarine Spitfire. It was a

 
Wright Flyer, 1903.

Model of Wright Aeroplane, 1903, scale 1:10 Diorama featuring a model (scale 1:10) of the aircraft in which Orville Wright (1871-1948) and Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) made the world's first controlled and powered flights on 17 December 1903. The brothe

 
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

 
SE5a fighter, 1917.

SE5A Aeroplane, 1916 The Farnborough-designed SE5A was the last British fighter of World War I. The aircraft had a top speed of 130 mph, a ceiling of 22,000 feet and an endurance of three hours making it one of the most effective fighters of the wa

 
The first balloon accident, 1785.

One snuff box, French, ivory. Circular, 3' diameter. Painted lid: Balloon Ascent.On 15th June, 1785, Pilatre de Rozier and Jules Romain attempted to cross the English Channel in a balloon of de Rozier's design, featuring a hydrogen-filled chamber abo

 
Medals commemorating pioneers of manned flight, 18th-20th century.

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