Air Pictorial 1956-10
J.Stevens - Farnborough Round-up
D.H.110 Mk. 20 (XF828), finished in new Royal Navy colours of dark sea-grey with white undersides. Tiny tail skids retract in flight.
HUNTER (XG 131). Small (85 Imp. gall.) permanent tip tanks have been fitted to this private venture ground-attack version of the F. Mk. 6. Various war loads, including bombs, rockets and drop tanks, were displayed with this machine.
REVERSE-THRUST HUNTER (XF833). The Rolls-Royce modified Hunter has rear fuselage "ports" to cater for the mechanical reverse thrust.
HUNTER F. Mk. 4 (XF833). Shows the R-R reverse thrust in action as is revealed by the cloud of oil vapour obscuring the underside of the rear fuselage.
TWIN PIONEER (G-AOEN) takes off at steep angle to reveal slats, flaps and new "acorn" on wing struts intersection .
GNAT (XK724) . First armed Gnat has a Folland patented conical blast suppressor fitted to each of the side intakes. The conical suppressor allows the 30-mm. Aden shells to pass unimpeded but forces the blast and debris out via the four holes in the shell-collector boxes.
VULCAN B. Mk. I (XA892). Highlight running down the starboard wing illustrates that the revised wing configuration is built on to the old straight-line leading edge.
VULCAN NOSE (XA892) shows dark-area dielectric panel, behind which is radar installation. Rest of Vulcan is silver except for grey panel in front of bomb-aimer's "bath".
VULCAN INTAKE (XA892) . The large single duct for the two starboard Olympus turbojets is an unusually good example of a buried wing-root intake. The formidable dimensions of the fuselage boundary layer "shoulder" are also noteworthy.
VALIANT B. Mk.I (WK296) takes off in the rain. Note the 3-ft. jet efflux from the port D.H . Super Sprite R.A.T.O.G. installation. Compare jet air-intake shape with that of Vulcan above.
TYNE-LINCOLN (G-37-I). The classic pose - four Rolls-Royce Griffons cut with the Rotol blades feathered. The Lincoln passes low over the aerodrome, powered by the single R-R Tyne turboprop in the nose.
VICKERS N.113 (WT854). The first prototype Type 544 F.A.A. carrier-borne single-seat fighter lands with tailplane at negative incidence, leading-edge slats depressed, and dorsal and ventral air brakes extended.
GYRON-SPERRIN (VX158). Coming in for a landing the FTB Sperrin at this attitude gives a clear indication of the immense size of the D.H. Gyron turbojets; compare their double-diameter intakes with the upper-sited Avon turbojets.
ULTRA LIGHT (G-AOUK) Fairey helicopter is prototype No. 4. Note revised tail assembly.
TWO-SEAT HUNTER (XF615), finished in orange, black and cream, is prototype for the R.A.F.'s dual trainer T. Mk. 7. The two 30-mm. Aden cannon are semi-externally "packaged" to the rear of the nosewheel.