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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.

 
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.

 
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

 
Junkers Ju 87-D 'Stuka', c 1939.

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.

 
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.

 
Flying helmet, Air Ministry, c 1941.

Leather flying helmet, with zipped ear pockets, and fittings for oxygen mask. Air Ministry, c. 1941