Aeroplane Monthly 1980-07
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B.Gunston - Short's Stop-Gap Bomber
The prototype Sperrin, with flaps down, holding formation with a Short Seamew.
View of VX158 in the paint scheme it wore at the 1951 SBAC Show at Farnborough.
Three Short Sperrin fuselages under construction at Belfast in 1948.
The second Sperrin first flew on August 12, 1952, and was delivered to RAF Woodbridge for dropping trials on April 11, 1955.
The prototype Sperrin, with flaps down, holding formation with a Short Seamew.
Both Sperrins over Aldergrove in 1952, with VX161 nearest.
The prototype Sperrin, VX158, nearing completion in 1951.
View of VX158 in the paint scheme it wore at the 1951 SBAC Show at Farnborough.
VX158, re-engined with D. H. Gyron turbojets, lands at the SBAC Show, Farnborough, during September 1956.
The prototype Sperrin. The massive nacelles are conspicuous.
This view of the prototype Sperrin shows the arrangement of the four Rolls-Royce Avon turbojets in vertical pairs, giving minimal drag in spite of their bulkiness when viewed from the side.