Test Beds

I’ve just been to the Museum of Science and Industry and checked out the aviation hall. Interesting stuff-

Avro Lancasters were used as flying test beds for jet engines. Video of the tests is online here.

The Avro 707 isn’t quite a flying wing, but I have a soft spot for the delta wing planes such as this and the Vulcan.

A picture of the Hafner Rotachute (more) hiding away in the corner of a painting has given me ideas for another novel way to land assault troops. The Germans used similar devices for spotting from U-Boats.

But the most affecting plane in the whole display is still the tiny Yokosuka OHKA, a suicide jet that was pretty much a desperate last gasp from the Japanese.