Now called the Crusader, the Chance Vought XF8U-1 single-seat interceptor designed for speeds in excess of Mach unity in level flight. To be built for the U.S. Navy, the Crusader has an after-burner P. & W. JS7-P-4, and "saw-cut" wing leading-edge like the Swift F.R.Mk.5.
One of the two converted Ryan Broughams at Roosevelt Field, N.Y.: 'Spirit of St. Louis'.
Flown for the first time in the summer of 1955, the second 43-seat Piasecki PV-15 (U.S.A.F: 50-1270) is powered by two 2.925-e.s.h.p. Allison T-38-A-6 shaft turbines. Called the YH-16A Turbo-Transporter, this tandem-rotor helicopter can carry three Jeeps or four tons of cargo. The first PV-15 (50-1269) is being re-engined - formerly two P. & W. Twin Wasp R-2180-11 radials - to become the YH-16B, with two 3.750-e.s.h.p. Allison T56-A shaft turbines.
Television observes de-icing tests
Newest aircraft to be shown at the 1955 S.B.A.C. Display was the two-seat Fairey Ultralight helicopter. Designed primarily for Army needs. the Fairey A.O.P. has a rotor diameter of 28 ft. 3 1/2 in. and fuselage length of 14 ft. First flight: 14th August.
The Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. have been continuously engaged since 1944 on the design and development of ejection seats. There is no factor more vital in the design of emergency escape equipment than experience.