Transport Sale | 09 April 2013

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A possibly unique, exhibition standard static model of the pioneering Short S.

Sold for £400

Est: £800–1200

A possibly unique, exhibition standard static model of the pioneering Short S.C.1 aircraft, by Westway Models, the prototype built and flown to study the principle of vertical take-off and then the transition to horizontal or level flight, this model previously exhibited at Farnborough and other locations, with a detailed pilot's cockpit including instruments, engine and flight controls, dummy Folland lightweight ejection seat, control column, four dummy Rolls-Royce R.B.108 engines in the centre fuselage section for vertical take-off, protected by a wire-mesh guard, the forward propulsion engine within the rear fuselage section (not fitted), on tricycle undercarriage, the oleos protected by fairings, each undercarriage leg with twin wheels, finished in all-over lacquered silver with rivetting lines clearly shown, the delta-wing ailerons and rudder finished in 'day-glow', the starboard mainplane and undercarriage in primer showing the complex construction of the orthodox two-spar delta-wing, with complex pitot tube, 73 inch (185.5cm) wingspan, overall 91 1/2 inches (237.5cm) long.
Historical note: The design of this experimental aircraft began in 1954 under the leadership of Frank Taylor, whilst the electronic research team was led by E. Lloyd Thomas. Two aircraft were ordered, and allocated serial numbers XG 900 and XG 905. The airframes incorporated both manual and automatic control, the delta-wing being of standard two-spar construction, and five Rolls-Royce R.B.108 engines were installed, four for vertical lift and one for forward propulsion. A helicopter pattern transparent cockpit cover and Folland lightweight ejection seat were fitted. Building began in 1955 and XG 900 was ready for engine test running in December 1956. Tom Brooke-Smith made the first vertical take-off and landing at Boscombe Down on 2nd April 1957. XG 905 made it's first tethered hover flight on 23rd May 1958. The first untethered flight was successfully carried out on 25th October 1958. Thereafter XG905 went to Farnborough for extensive testing and at Bedford, on 6th April 1960, carried out the first transition from vertical to level flight. The S.C.1 was first demonstrated to an amazed public at Farnborough in September 1960. In May 1961 a cross-Channel flight was completed to Le Bourget in Paris. The ground-breaking work and flight testing undertaken by these two aircraft led directly to the establishment of V.T.O.L. aircraft, the supreme example of which was the Hawker Harrier 'jump jet'.

Transport Sale

Tuesday 09 April 2013, 10.00am

Donnington Priory
Oxford Road
RG14 2JE


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