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Air and Space Hall
Manchester's inventors and engineers made a big impact on the way we travel today, whether by road or air. See the cars, bikes and aeroplanes that got the industrial city moving on display in the Air and Space Hall.
Avro Shackleton A.E.W. 2
Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 reconnaissance aircraft, Military Service No. WR 960, made by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Woodford, 1954.
Avro 594 Avian Mk IIIA
Avro 594 Avian Mk IIIA, civil registration code G-EBZM, two-seater sports biplane made by A. V. Roe Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester, 1928.
'Lucky Jim' toy cat mascot
'Lucky Jim' toy cat mascot, formerly owned by Jack Alcock and with him during the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919.
Merlin 45 Aeroplane Engine
Merlin 45 aeroplane engine, made by Rolls-Royce Ltd, Crewe, c.1940. 12 cylinder arrangement with the lower dual ignition sectioned for demonstration purposes and fitted with electric motor to turn it around. Formally part of the UMIST study collection, this engine has been sectioned and motorised for instructional use. The Mark 45 Merlin was used to power Supermarine Spitfire III and V fighters.
Japanese Piloted Bomb
'Ohka' ('Cherry Blossom') MXY7 Model 11 piloted bomb, made by Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho, Yokosuka, Japan, 1945.
AN/APS-20 Radar Scanner
Radar & Radio Location
AN/APS-20 radar scanner and servicing trolley for the Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 reconnaissance aircraft WR 960 made by the Bogart Manufacturing Corporation, Brooklyn, New York.
1909 Roe I Triplane
Replica of the 1909 Roe I Triplane, made by A.V. Roe Ltd apprentices, Chadderton, c.1952.
Avro 707A Aeroplane
Avro 707A aeroplane, manufactured by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd at Chadderton and assembled at Bracebridge Heath in 1952. Registration number WZ736.
AI-24 Foxhunter Radar
Radar & Radio Location
Ferranti/Marconi AI-24 Foxhunter air interception radar, as fitted to BAe Tornado F3 interceptors, on serving trolley.
Miss Windermere VI Powerboat
Miss Windermere VI powerboat, the world's fastest prop-driven boat: the fastest boat in history on Lake Windermere, holder of the British National Immersed Propeller Record and holder of the World Over 7000cc Water Speed Record. Built in 1993. There is an accompanying VHS tape showing successful speed record attempt, 17 October 2003, held in the museum archive.
Bicycle made by James Harrison
Bicycle made by James Harrison of Manchester, and used by local racer Joe Pendleton.
Weslake Mark 1 Speedway Motorcycle
1976 Weslake Mark 1 speedway bike ridden by Peter Collins to win the Individual World Speedway Championship in 1976.
Rolls-Royce Avon 100 Turbine Engine
Avon 100 Series gas turbine engine, made by Rolls-Royce Ltd, East Kilbride, c.1950.
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft flight deck and nose, made by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, Hatfield, c.1971.
Hercules 264 Radial Engine
Hercules 264 Radial engine made by Bristol Aircraft Co. Ltd, Bristol, 1953
Radar & Radio Location
In 1942 the Telecommunications Research Establishment set up a team to develop a means of identifying bombing targets at night and in bad weather. This team was led by Bernard Lovell. Using the cavity magnetron, Lovell’s team produced a 9.1-cm radar that improved greatly the Royal Air Force’s bombing accuracy. Later versions of H2S used reduced wavelengths. The 1.5-cm wavelength set was able to detect rain clouds. This scanner was fitted to an Avro Vulcan B2 bomber. It is displayed on a servicing trolley. Former Air & Space Museum collection
Derwent V aircraft engine
Derwent V aircraft engine, made by Rolls-Royce Limited, Barnoldswick, c.1946.
Airbus A380 model
1:50 scale model of an Airbus A380 aircraft, c.2004, finished in Airbus Industries house colours
Johnny Berry Touring Bicycle
Johnny Berry racing bicycle, 1974. This is the last frame Berry made. Serial number 741913.
Electric Car Charging Post
Metal electric car charging post with activation keys. Manufactured by Elektromotive Ltd.
Ford Model T car
1912 Ford Model T motor car, made in Trafford Park, Manchester.
D.H.89a Dragon Rapide aeroplane G-ADAH, made by the De Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, Hatfield, 1935.
De Havilland 4-Blade Propeller
This 4-blade propeller was made by De Havilland Airscrews, under licence from Hamilton Standard, probably for fitting to a 4,000-horsepower (3,000-kilowatt) Rolls-Royce Tyne turboprop engine. Four Tyne engines powered the Vickers Vanguard airliner and Merchantman freighter. These aircraft were in service between 1961 and 1996.
'Sociable' horse drawn carriage
Open four-wheeled 'Sociable' horse drawn carriage, made by Joseph Cockshoot & Co., Manchester, c.1895.
Dolan Precursor Bicycle
Dolan Precursor bicycle, donated to the National Cycling centre by Dolan's of Ormskirk for use as a hire bike. The Precursor has a 7005 aluminium double butted frame and carbon fibre forks. A total of ninety are available for hire at the Velodrome, in varying frames sizes, though all have an 84 inch gear 650C fixed wheel. Six Dolan tandems are available for visually impaired riders.
Olympus 201 jet engine
Olympus 201 jet engine, made by Bristol-Siddeley Engines Ltd, c.1960.
Town Hybrid Bicycle
Town hybrid bicycle, frame built by Malc Cowle and assembled by the Bicycle Doctor, Manchester, 1994.
'Bradshaw' motorcycle by DOT Motors Ltd, Manchester, 1923
Bradshaw motorcycle made by DOT Motors Ltd, Manchester, 1923
P1A prototype experimental jet, made by the English Electric Co., Preston, c.1954.
Farman bi-plane 1:12 scale model. Replica of plane used by Claude Grahame-White in his two attempts to win the London-Manchester prize, 1910. Plane was French built with a Gnome engine.
Model of South African Airways Boeing 747
1:72 scale model of South African Airways Boeing 747 made by Space Models Ltd, Middlesex.
9-Cylinder Leonides 173 Radial Engine
9-cylinder Leonides 173 radial engine, made by Alvis Ltd, Coventry, c. 1936.
Reva Electric Car
Reva/G-Wiz electric car used for development work by Chloride Motive Power batteries, Bolton
Socata Rallye MS 880B G-AYTA
Socata Rallye MS 880B G-AYTA aircraft made in, France, c.1971
Silver cup presented to John Alcock
Silver cup presented to John Alcock by the people of Newfoundland.
Fire extinguisher from the Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 reconnaissance aircraft WR 960 made by Chubb Fire Security Limited, Great Britain.
Axial-flow compressor from B10 'Betty' self-sustaining gas turbine test rig, developed and manufactured by Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd, Trafford Park, Manchester, 1937-40.
Stenton Glider Tandem Bicycle
Stenton Glider tandem bicycle frame, parts and wheel frames, Ardwick, 1930-1935.
No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak camera
No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak camera, made by the Canadian Kodak Co. Ltd, Toronto, 1905 and used by Jack Alcock.
Bristol Belvedere helicopter HC1 XG454 made by Bristol Aeroplane Co. Ltd, Bristol, c.1960
Trailer for Microlight Aircraft
Trailer for Tri-Flier/Hiway Demon 175 G-MJXE microlight aircraft.
Tadcaster & Distric MCC Trophy
1927 York Centre Races Trophy, presented by Tadcaster & Distric Motorcycle Club. Won by Eric Langton, who was a prominent Belle Vue Aces Speedway rider in the interwar period, and returned to race in 1946 and 1947
Volmer VJ 23E powered hang-glider
Volmer VJ 23E powered hang-glider, designed by Volmer Jensen and Irving Culver. This was built by David Cook in 1973, and used by him to become the first man to fly a powered hang glider across the English Channel.
Belsize two-seater motor car
Two-seater motor car with folding hood and dickey seat, made by Belsize Motors Ltd, Clayton, Manchester, c.1912, with an accompanying illustrated catalogue of cars manufactured by Belsize Motors Limited, Manchester printed in 1914.
Sinclair C5 Electric Vehicle
Sinclair C5 electric vehicle, made by Hoover plc on behalf of Sinclair Vehicles Ltd and presented to Joe Harvey of Harvey (Manchester) Ltd, in 1985.
Berry & Bentley Track Bicycle
Track bicycle, made by Berry & Bentley, Manchester, 1934.
Johnny Berry Bicycle
15" frame made by Rusholme frame maker Johnny Berry for his son, Donald, 1951. Serial number 511387.