Aeroplane Monthly 1984-06
D.Middleton - Tom Brooke-Smith /Test Pilot Profile/ (10)
The prototype Short Sealand, G-AIVX, first flew on January 19, 1948. Tom Brooke-Smith was the first pilot to take off from land and land on water, and vice versa, in this aircraft, in March 1948, when this photograph was taken.
S.C.1, XG905 demonstrating transition from hover to level flight to the press at RAE Bedford on May 31, 1960. Tom Brooke-Smith had made the first complete transitional flight there on April 6.
Tom Brooke-Smith astride the Short S.C.1. XG905 in September 1957.
S.C.1 XG905 being flown by Tom Brooke-Smith at the 1960 Farnborough show.
S.31 - уменьшенный в два раза прототип бомбардировщика
The half-scale Stirling that was used to test out design problems for Short’s first, an only, four-engined bomber. Powered by four 90hp Pobjoy Niagara III radial engines (later replaced by Niagara IVs), this miniature carried both a pilot and observer.
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.
The Short Sperrin VX158 taking off at the Farnborough show in September 1956. The aircraft's four Rolls-Royce Avon engines had been replaced by two de Havilland Gyron turbojets.
The Short Sherpa flying over Lough Neagh in 1954.
Tom Brooke-Smith seated in the Short Sherpa, in which he conducted trials throughout 1954. He retired in December 1960 after 20 years of test flying with Short Brothers.
The wreckage of the Short S.B.1 glider in which Tom Brooke-Smith sustained serious injuries on October 14, 1951.