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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.
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.
Rolls-Royce Avon 100 Turbine Engine
Avon 100 Series gas turbine engine, made by Rolls-Royce Ltd, East Kilbride, c.1950.
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, ref YA2007.30.
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
Olympus 201 jet engine
Olympus 201 jet engine, made by Bristol-Siddeley Engines Ltd, c.1960.
Johnny Berry Touring Bicycle
Johnny Berry racing bicycle, 1974. This is the last frame Berry made. Serial number 741913.
1909 Roe I Triplane
Replica of the 1909 Roe I Triplane, made by A.V. Roe Ltd apprentices, Chadderton, c.1952.
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.
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
Special Isle of Mann TT 125cc Motorcycle
Special Isle of Mann TT 125cc motorcycle, made by John Anelay, Blackburn, 1952.
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.
Penny Farthing Bicycle
High Ordinary (Penny Farthing) bicycle made by William Harrison, Manchester, c.1885.
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.
Lu-Min-Um Safety Bicycle
Safety bicycle made in France and retailed by the Lu-Min-Um Manufacturing Company, St Mary's Gate, Manchester, 1896
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.
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft flight deck and nose, made by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, Hatfield, c.1971.
Town Hybrid Bicycle
Town hybrid bicycle, frame built by Malc Cowle and assembled by the Bicycle Doctor, Manchester, 1994.
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.
Ford Model T car
1912 Ford Model T motor car, made in Trafford Park, Manchester.
'Sociable' horse drawn carriage
Open four-wheeled 'Sociable' horse drawn carriage, made by Joseph Cockshoot & Co., Manchester, c.1895.
Tri-ang children's bicycle. Made by Line Bros Ltd between 1920 and 1970.
Johnny Berry Bicycle
15" frame made by Rusholme frame maker Johnny Berry for his son, Donald, 1951. Serial number 511387.
Bicycle made by James Harrison
Bicycle made by James Harrison of Manchester, and used by local racer Joe Pendleton.
Model of South African Airways Boeing 747
1:72 scale model of South African Airways Boeing 747 made by Space Models Ltd, Middlesex.
Socata Rallye MS 880B G-AYTA
Socata Rallye MS 880B G-AYTA aircraft made in, France, c.1971
Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk 22 Engine
Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk 22 or Mk 24 aircraft engine, assembled by Ford apprentices at Dagenham from parts made by the Ford Motor Co., Trafford Park, 1946.
'Bradshaw' motorcycle by DOT Motors Ltd, Manchester, 1923
Bradshaw motorcycle made by DOT Motors Ltd, Manchester, 1923
Pemberton Arrow Bicycle
Pemberton Arrow bicycle, owned and used by Wilf Higgins from 1954.
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.
Stenton Glider Tandem Bicycle
Stenton Glider tandem bicycle frame, parts and wheel frames, Ardwick, 1930-1935.
Peugeot Track Bicycle
Peugeot track bicycle formerly hired out by National Cycle Centre for use at the Velodrome, Manchester, 1996-2007. 84-inch gear, fixed wheel track cycles, without brakes, made from Reynolds 531 steel tubing. Originally painted in yellow and blue, but this was replaced with the blue and green official colours of the National Cycling Centre.
Hercules 264 Radial Engine
Hercules 264 Radial engine made by Bristol Aircraft Co. Ltd, Bristol, 1953
Berry & Bentley Track Bicycle
Track bicycle, made by Berry & Bentley, Manchester, 1934.
Silver cup presented to John Alcock
Silver cup presented to John Alcock by the people of Newfoundland.
Electric Car Charging Post
Metal electric car charging post with activation keys. Manufactured by Elektromotive Ltd.
P1A prototype experimental jet, made by the English Electric Co., Preston, c.1954.
Electric Blue Milk Float
Electric Blue milk float, made in Birmingham in 1969 (as a Morrison Type F) and refitted with batteries supplied by Chloride Motive Power of Bolton to become the world's fastest milk float.
Bristol Belvedere helicopter HC1 XG454 made by Bristol Aeroplane Co. Ltd, Bristol, c.1960
Regis 6 Motor Car by Crossley Motors
Regis 6 motor car, made by Crossley Motors Ltd, Manchester, with collection of related articles and other information, c.1935.
Imperial motor car
Motor car, made by the Imperial Autocar Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Manchester, 1904.
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.
Co-operative Wholesale Society Bicycle
Co-operative Wholesale Society bicycle, made in Tyseley, Birmingham, c. 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.