Bristol Type 188

Built mainly of stainless steel, this aircraft was designed to investigate the effects of heat on aircraft structures at very high speeds. To protect the pilot against …

English Electric P1A

The first flight of P1 WG760 was on 4 August 1954, just 10 years after the RAF’s first jet aircraft, the Meteor, entered squadron service. It was …

Fairey FD2

In the late 1940s Britain was trailing far behind in supersonic aircraft design. To try to retrieve matters the Ministry of Supply issued a specification for a …

Hunting H126

This unusual looking research aircraft was capable of flight at speeds as low as 51.5kph (32mph) by virtue of its ‘jet flaps’ which used thrust ducted from …

Saunders-Roe SR53

Like the Messerschmitt Me163 ‘Komet’ (which can also be seen at Cosford), the SR53 interceptor used a rocket motor to climb rapidly to high altitudes, but it …