Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model

Made:
about 1960 in Farnborough
maker:
Defence Research Agency

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Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model with moveable control surfaces to explore control effects.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model with moveable control surfaces to explore control effects.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model with moveable control surfaces to explore control effects.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model with moveable control surfaces to explore control effects.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model with moveable control surfaces to explore control effects.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model with moveable control surfaces to explore control effects.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model with moveable control surfaces to explore control effects.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model made of wood and resin with moveable control surfaces. The model was used at RAE Farnborough in the 1960s.

Britain started researching military supersonic flight during the Second World War. Some of this research was made available to the United States and an American went on to break the sound barrier in 1947. In the mid-1950s Britain’s Supersonic Committee recommended that an airliner also be developed for civilian supersonic travel. This required a special slender delta wing running along the aircraft, enabling both high-speed flight as well as the necessary lift for take-off and landing at conventional slow speeds. The HP-115 aircraft was used to test the viability of the slender wing design for low speeds. Scale models like this were tested in wind tunnels before work progressed to the full-size aircraft.

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Category:
Farnborough
Object Number:
1993-2333
credit:
Defence Research Agency

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