Aeroplane Monthly 1977-10
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B.Gunston - Short's experimental Sherpa
Sturgeon VR363, piloted by Jock Eassie, tows off Tom Brooke-Smith in the SB.1 glider at Aldersgrove for its first towed flight on July 30, 1951.
The Sherpa displays its Class B registration, G-14-1, in 1954. Note the negative incidence of the wingtip control surfaces.
The nose impeller drove a generator which supplied electric power for the automatic observer panel in the rear fuselage.
A fine Flight study of the Sherpa. From 1964 it spent two years as a laboratory test specimen at the Bristol College of Advanced Technology.
As its top speed was limited to 250kt, the Sherpa's undercarriage was fixed.
The NACA-type divergent-ramp intake behind the canopy and the orifices above the wing trailing edges are well portrayed in this overhead view.
In the touchdown shot, taken at the 1954 SBAC Show, the tail bumper is clearly visible.
Tom Brooke-Smith in the Sherpa.
Short SB.4 Sherpa
Sturgeon VR363, piloted by Jock Eassie, tows off Tom Brooke-Smith in the SB.1 glider at Aldersgrove for its first towed flight on July 30, 1951.
The SB.1 under tow on July 30, 1951.
Tom Brooke-Smith in the SB.1 prior to a flight.