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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.
Handley Page H.P. 39 "Gugnunc" Aeroplane
Handley Page H.P. 39 "Gugnunc" Aeroplane, 1929. Complete with Armstrong Siddeley "Mongoose" engine. Fitted with slotted wings and flaps. (Airframe No. K.1908).
1909 Roe I Triplane
Replica of the 1909 Roe I Triplane, made by A.V. Roe Ltd apprentices, Chadderton, c.1952.
Socata Rallye MS 880B G-AYTA
Socata Rallye MS 880B G-AYTA aircraft made in, France, c.1971
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.
Mignet HM 14 Aeroplane
Mignet HM 14 French designed homebuilt aeroplane made in Rishworth in 1936. Also known as the 'Flying Flea'.
Pegasus Quantum Microlight
Pegasus Quantum microlight operated by the Scottish Flying Club from Strahaven airfield in Scotland. Taken out of service due to suspected heat damage following a hangar fire.
D.H.89a Dragon Rapide aeroplane G-ADAH, made by the De Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, Hatfield, 1935.
Skyhook Safari Powered Hang Glider
Skyhook Safari powered hang glider built by Len Gabriels and used by him for a 1979 attempt to fly from London to Paris, sponsored by Blue Bird Toffees. This is a Skyhook Safari powered hang glider. It was designed by len Gabriel and used by him in an attempt to fly from London to Paris. Len Gabriel was born in 1926 and became interested in hang gliding in 1972 after reading an article in the children's magazine 'Look and Learn' about the sport in America. At the time he was engineering director of Frastans, a company that produced machines for making wallpaper, and so had the skills and finance to investigate designing and building his own hang gliders when his request for a set of plans for an established design was met with a refusal . He set up Skyhook, and soon began to look at developing of powered hang gliders. In 1979 Gabriel was asked by Brian Milton to develop a power hang glider for a proposed flight from London to Paris. The flight was to be sponsored by Bluebird toffees. Gabriel built a Skyhook Safari single surface wing powered by a 123cc McCullough 101 engine. This gave a cruising speed of about 25 mph, with fuel for about 2 hours and 15 minutes flying. Milton suffered a broken arm in a crash following a test flight in Wiltshire, and Bluebird toffees asked Gabriel to make the flight instead, on 27 August, 1979. The flight across the Channel was uneventful, but there were problems with the French authorities who had not granted permission for the flight beforehand. Gabriel continued as far as Abbeville at which point it seemed that the French Gendarmes were determined to delay his progress indefinitely. News reached Gabriel of the assassination of Earl Mountbatten. This confirmed that there would be no media coverage even if he did manage to resume his flight on to Paris, so the flight was aborted.
Rogallo Wing Hang-Glider
Rogallo wing hang-glider, made by Flexiform Skysails, Manchester, c.1982.