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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.
'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.
Avro 707A Aeroplane
Avro 707A aeroplane, manufactured by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd at Chadderton and assembled at Bracebridge Heath in 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.
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.
W2/700 Gas Aircraft Engine
W2/700 gas turbine jet engine, made by Power Jets Ltd, c.1941.
P1A prototype experimental jet, made by the English Electric Co., Preston, c.1954.
Bicycle made by James Harrison
Bicycle made by James Harrison of Manchester, and used by local racer Joe Pendleton.
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft flight deck and nose, made by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, Hatfield, c.1971.
1909 Roe I Triplane
Replica of the 1909 Roe I Triplane, made by A.V. Roe Ltd apprentices, Chadderton, c.1952.
Hercules 264 Radial Engine
Hercules 264 Radial engine made by Bristol Aircraft Co. Ltd, Bristol, 1953
Rotrax Speedway Motorcycle
1967 Rotrax speedway motorcycle, fitted with JAP engine. This was the club 'spare' motorcycle at Long Eaton Speedway Club and was ridden by Speedway World Champion Ove Fundin. It was restored by Speedway World Champion Peter Collins.
Sinclair C5 Electric Vehicle
Sinclair C5 electric vehicle, made by Sinclair Vehicles Ltd and Hoover plc, c.1985.
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.
Ford Model T car
1912 Ford Model T motor car, made in Trafford Park, Manchester.
'Bradshaw' motorcycle by DOT Motors Ltd, Manchester, 1923
Bradshaw motorcycle made by DOT Motors Ltd, Manchester, 1923
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.
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.
Stenton Glider Tandem Bicycle
Stenton Glider tandem bicycle frame, parts and wheel frames, Ardwick, 1930-1935.
Gnome Omega 50-hp rotary engine, designed by Laurent Seguin and made in France, c.1909-1912.
Avro Vulcan model
1:20 scale Avro Vulcan B2 aircraft wind tunnel model made by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, Manchester, c.1957
Weslake Mark 1 Speedway Motorcycle
1976 Weslake Mark 1 speedway bike ridden by Peter Collins to win the Individual World Speedway Championship in 1976.
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.
Rolls-Royce Avon 100 Turbine Engine
Avon 100 Series gas turbine engine, made by Rolls-Royce Ltd, Barnoldswick, c.1950.
Harper Runabout Tricycle
Harper Runabout three-wheeled vehicle, made by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Manchester, c.1921.
Johnny Berry Bicycle
Johnny Berry bicycle made for Hazel Barnes, a member of Withington Wheelers, 1951. Serial number 511379.
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 There is an accompanying VHS tape showing successful speed record attempt, 17 October 2003, held in the museum archive.
Derwent V aircraft engine
Derwent V aircraft engine, made by Rolls-Royce Limited, Barnoldswick, c.1946.
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.
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.
Crossley Shelsley Motor Car
15.7-hp six-cylinder Shelsley motor car, made by Crossley Motors Ltd, Gorton, Manchester, 1929.
Special Isle of Mann TT 125cc Motorcycle
Special Isle of Mann TT 125cc motorcycle, made by John Anelay, Blackburn, 1952.
Olympus 201 jet engine
Olympus 201 jet engine, made by Bristol-Siddeley Engines Ltd, c.1960.
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
D.H.89a Dragon Rapide aeroplane G-ADAH, made by the De Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, Hatfield, 1935.
Airbuss A380 model
1:50 scale model of an Airbus A380 aircraft, c.2004, finished in Airbus Industries house colours
Sectioned F2/3 Jet Aircraft Engine
Sectioned F2/3 jet aircraft engine, made by the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd, Trafford Park and used to demonstrate the layout of the Metropolitan-Vickers aft fan engine (using the F3 augmentor) for the SBAC (Society of British Aircraft Constructors) show at Farnborough in 1948.
Pemberton Arrow Bicycle
Pemberton Arrow bicycle, owned and used by Wilf Higgins from 1954.
Reva Electric Car
Reva/G-Wiz electric car used for development work by Chloride Motive Power batteries, Bolton
Model of BAe Nimrod AEW3
Model of BAe Nimrod AEW3 reconnaissance aircraft made by British Aerospace plc, Woodford.
Model aircraft engine
Scale model of proposed Redrup 2000 horse power aeroengine
Bristol Belvedere helicopter HC1 XG454 made by Bristol Aeroplane Co. Ltd, Bristol, c.1960
Promotional model of Avro RJ115 airliner
Promotional scale model of Avro RJ115 airliner made by Space Models Ltd, Middlesex. This airliner was not built
Electric Car Charging Post
Metal electric car charging post with activation keys. Manufactured by Elektromotive Ltd.
Japanese Piloted Bomb
'Ohka' ('Cherry Blossom') MXY7 Model 11 piloted bomb, made by Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho, Yokosuka, Japan, 1945.
Berry & Bentley Track Bicycle
Track bicycle, made by Berry & Bentley, Manchester, 1934.