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Flying bedstead test rig, 1954.

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Flying bedstead test rig, 1954.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


The experimental rig built to prove the feasibility of controlled flight without lifting surfaces. The first free flight was made on 3rd August 1954 with Captain R T Shepherd, chief test pilot of Rolls-Royce Limited at the controls. The machine, from its unusual appearance, became known colloquially as the 'Flying Bedstead'.

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