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Posted by Breed Of Speed on Friday, 10 April 2015


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First Generation Jet Aircraft (Military)

English Electric Canberra TT.18 (B.2) WJ639
Gloster Meteor F.8 WL181
Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD790
De Havilland D.H.100 Vampire FB.5 VV217
De Havilland D.H.115 Vampire T.11 WZ518

Second Generation Jet Aircraft (Military)

Hawker Hunter F.51 E-419
Dassault Mystere IVA 146
North American NA-173 (F-86D) Saber 51-6151
Supermarine 546 Swift F.4 WK198, fuselage only
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 52-6541
De Havilland D.H.112 Sea Venom FAW.21 XG680
Avro 698 Vulcan B.2 XL319

Supersonic Aircraft

English Electric P.26 Lightning F.53 ZF594
North American NA-223 (F-100D) Super Saber 42157


De Havilland D.H.C.1 Chipmunk T.10 WB685
Hunting-Percival P.84 Jet Provost T.4 XP627
Lockheed 580 (T-33A) Shooting Star 54439

Passenger Aircraft

De Havilland D.H.106 Comet 4C G-BEEX
Handley Page H.P.137 Jetstream (C-10A) (nose section mockup)
Short SD.3-30 Variant 100 G-OGIL

Utility Aircraft

Vickers 659 Valetta C.2 VX 577 RIP

Military Turboprops

Fabrica Militar de Aviones IA.58A Pucara A-522


Westland-Sikorsky WS-51 Dragonfly HR.5 (HR.3) WG724
Aerospatiale SA.341 XW276
Westland-Aerospatiale SA.341G Gazelle Srs.1 G-SFTA
Bolkow 105
Bristol 171 Sycamore III WA577
Brown Helicopter BAPC.96
Westland-Bell 47G-3B-1 Sioux AH.1 XT236
Westland-Sikorsky WS-55 Whirlwind HAR.9 (HAS.7) XN258
Westland-Sikorsky WS-51A Widgeon Srs.2 G-APTW

Early Military Aircraft

Avro 652A Anson C.19 TX213
Fairey Firefly AS.5 VT409, rear fuselage
Fairey Firefly AS.5 WD889, front fuselage
Hawker Hurricane
Heinkel He-111 (remains)


Aero & Engineering Services Lone Ranger G-MBDL
Austin Whippet (R) 'K158'
Bensen B-7 Gyroglider BAPC.119
Luton Major
Luton L.A.4 Minor BAPC.97
Mignet HM-14 Pou de Ciel (R) 'G-ADVU'
Olympus Hang-Glider BAPC.228
Slingsby T.38 Grasshopper TX.1 WZ767

Vickers Valetta
Shorts Sunderland


RAF Usworth
Searchlight Battalion
No. 31 Gliding School - (31 GS, later 641 GS) RAF Usworth

I don't expect, but do appreciate any donations towards the maintenance of the site.

B. Daugherty, 31 MH, Portsmouth PO5 3JG, Britain.

Berlin Airlift, Stearmans, Bell H-47 Sioux, new Air Traffic Controls procedures and associated developments (including the millennium bug), the new Hong Kong airport (and last flights into the old one)

More videos here


The Wright Brothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.


TODAY is a red-letter day for UK manufacturing... British engines get the A380 into the air, British wings keep it there and British landing gear brings it back to earth. - The Times, 18 January 2005

'Good old Europe has made this possible,' German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told a packed hall in Airbus's headquarters in Toulouse, southwest France... In a speech to the assembled guests, Chirac called the aircraft 'a great success for Europe'. - Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 18 January 2005

Half the aircraft parts, by value, are built by American companies. About half the engines will be made by General Electric/Pratt & Whitney Engine Alliance. B.F. Goodrich is building the landing gear. Honeywell is making cockpit electronics. - USA Today, 19 January 2005

Questions that you might be able to answer after a visit to ****** Museum

  1. Why were attempts on the World Speed Record commonly attempted in hotter areas of the world ?
  2. What was the only all-British supersonic aircraft ?
  3. What were the first two jet aircraft to enter service with the British Air Force ?
  4. What were the two major innovations of German jet technology, that were "appropriated" by the Allies at the end of the War ?
  5. What is the purpose of a swept-back wing ?

In Oct 2006, Alberto Santos-Dumont made a short flight in Paris, which was believed at the time to be the first ever aircraft flight. In the subsequent events, his name seems to have been forgotten (outside France and Brazil anyway). There are a couple of books around to learn more of him

  • A Night of Bright Stars, a fictionalized account by Richard Llewellyn. ISBN 0 7181 1782 4

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