NASA's 'Flying Bedstead', USA, 1964.
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The Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV), affectionately dubbed the 'flying bedstead' in flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California. NASA used the LLRV to simulate the Apollo lunar landings. Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong had a close call in one of these machines in 1968, ejecting safely just seconds before a crash. This was no doubt named after the Rolls-Royce vertical take-off-thrust measuring rig, the 'Flying Bedstead', the first free flight of which was on 3 August 1954. Used in the development of the Harrier jumpjet, the 'Flying Bedstead' is now on display in the Science Museum, London.