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Air and Space Hall
Manchester's inventors and engineers made a big impact on the way we travel today, whether by road or air. See the cars, bikes and aeroplanes that got the industrial city moving on display in the Air and Space Hall.
Avro Shackleton A.E.W. 2
Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 reconnaissance aircraft, Military Service No. WR 960, made by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Woodford, 1954.
'Lucky Jim' toy cat mascot
'Lucky Jim' toy cat mascot, formerly owned by Jack Alcock and with him during the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919.
Merlin 45 Aeroplane Engine
Merlin 45 aeroplane engine, made by Rolls-Royce Ltd, Crewe, c.1940. 12 cylinder arrangement with the lower dual ignition sectioned for demonstration purposes and fitted with electric motor to turn it around. Formally part of the UMIST study collection, this engine has been sectioned and motorised for instructional use. The Mark 45 Merlin was used to power Supermarine Spitfire III and V fighters.
1909 Roe I Triplane
Replica of the 1909 Roe I Triplane, made by A.V. Roe Ltd apprentices, Chadderton, c.1952.
Avro 707A Aeroplane
Avro 707A aeroplane, manufactured by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd at Chadderton and assembled at Bracebridge Heath in 1952.
Avro 594 Avian Mk IIIA
Avro 594 Avian Mk IIIA, civil registration code G-EBZM, two-seater sports biplane made by A. V. Roe Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester, 1928.
AN/APS-20 Radar Scanner
Radar & Radio Location
AN/APS-20 radar scanner and servicing trolley for the Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 reconnaissance aircraft WR 960 made by the Bogart Manufacturing Corporation, Brooklyn, New York.
D.H.89a Dragon Rapide aeroplane G-ADAH, made by the De Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, Hatfield, 1935.
AI-24 Foxhunter Radar
Radar & Radio Location
Ferranti/Marconi AI-24 Foxhunter air interception radar, as fitted to BAe Tornado F3 interceptors, on serving trolley.
Johnny Berry Bicycle
Johnny Berry bicycle made for Hazel Barnes, a member of Withington Wheelers, 1951. Serial number 511379.
Sinclair C5 Electric Vehicle
Sinclair C5 electric vehicle, made by Sinclair Vehicles Ltd and Hoover plc, c.1985.
Belsize two-seater motor car
Two-seater motor car with folding hood and dickey seat, made by Belsize Motors Ltd, Clayton, Manchester, c.1912, with an accompanying illustrated catalogue of cars manufactured by Belsize Motors Limited, Manchester printed in 1914.
Pemberton Arrow Bicycle
Pemberton Arrow bicycle, owned and used by Wilf Higgins from 1954.
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft flight deck and nose, made by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, Hatfield, c.1971.
P1A prototype experimental jet, made by the English Electric Co., Preston, c.1954.
Bicycle made by James Harrison
Bicycle made by James Harrison of Manchester, and used by local racer Joe Pendleton.
Axial-flow compressor from B10 'Betty' self-sustaining gas turbine test rig, developed and manufactured by Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd, Trafford Park, Manchester, 1937-40.
Stenton Glider Tandem Bicycle
Stenton Glider tandem bicycle frame, parts and wheel frames, Ardwick, 1930-1935.
Model of BAe Nimrod AEW3
Model of BAe Nimrod AEW3 reconnaissance aircraft made by British Aerospace plc, Woodford.
Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk 22 Engine
Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk 22 or Mk 24 aircraft engine, assembled by Ford apprentices at Dagenham from parts made by the Ford Motor Co., Trafford Park, 1946.
Ford Model T car
1912 Ford Model T motor car, made in Trafford Park, Manchester.
Penny Farthing Bicycle
High Ordinary (Penny Farthing) bicycle made by William Harrison, Manchester, c.1885.
Rolls-Royce Avon 100 Turbine Engine
Avon 100 Series gas turbine engine, made by Rolls-Royce Ltd, Barnoldswick, c.1950.
Electric Blue Milk Float
Electric Blue milk float, made in Birmingham in 1969 (as a Morrison Type F) and refitted with batteries supplied by Chloride Motive Power of Bolton to become the world's fastest milk float.
Bristol Belvedere helicopter HC1 XG454 made by Bristol Aeroplane Co. Ltd, Bristol, c.1960
Weslake Mark 1 Speedway Motorcycle
1976 Weslake Mark 1 speedway bike ridden by Peter Collins to win the Individual World Speedway Championship in 1976.
Reva Electric Car
Reva/G-Wiz electric car used for development work by Chloride Motive Power batteries, Bolton
Radar & Radio Location
In 1942 the Telecommunications Research Establishment set up a team to develop a means of identifying bombing targets at night and in bad weather. This team was led by Bernard Lovell. Using the cavity magnetron, Lovell’s team produced a 9.1-cm radar that improved greatly the Royal Air Force’s bombing accuracy. Later versions of H2S used reduced wavelengths. The 1.5-cm wavelength set was able to detect rain clouds. This scanner was fitted to an Avro Vulcan B2 bomber. It is displayed on a servicing trolley. Former Air & Space Museum collection
1:25 scale model of a British Airways Boeing 757 airliner made by Space Models, and used to promote the introduction in to service of the Boeing 757 to replace the Trident on the British Airways Manchester to London shuttle.
Miss Windermere VI Powerboat
Miss Windermere VI powerboat, the world's fastest prop-driven boat: the fastest boat in history on Lake Windermere, holder of the British National Immersed Propeller Record and holder of the World Over 7000cc Water Speed Record There is an accompanying VHS tape showing successful speed record attempt, 17 October 2003, held in the museum archive.
Derwent V aircraft engine
Derwent V aircraft engine, made by Rolls-Royce Limited, Barnoldswick, c.1946.
Regis 6 Motor Car by Crossley Motors
Regis 6 motor car, made by Crossley Motors Ltd, Manchester, with collection of related articles and other information, c.1935.
Langton-JAP speedway motorcycle
Langton-JAP speedway motorcycle, designed, built and ridden by Eric Langton for Belle Vue Aces speedway team in 1946 & 1947. Eric Langton was a prominent Belle Vue Aces Speedway rider in the interwar period, and returned to race in 1946 and 1947
Olympus 201 jet engine
Olympus 201 jet engine, made by Bristol-Siddeley Engines Ltd, c.1960.
Electric Car Charging Post
Metal electric car charging post with activation keys. Manufactured by Elektromotive Ltd.
Sectioned aircraft model
Sectioned scale model of Air Canada Boeing 747-100 made by Space Models Ltd, Middlesex, c.1990
De Havilland 4-Blade Propeller
This 4-blade propeller was made by De Havilland Airscrews, under licence from Hamilton Standard, probably for fitting to a 4,000-horsepower (3,000-kilowatt) Rolls-Royce Tyne turboprop engine. Four Tyne engines powered the Vickers Vanguard airliner and Merchantman freighter. These aircraft were in service between 1961 and 1996.
Berry & Bentley Track Bicycle
Track bicycle, made by Berry & Bentley, Manchester, 1934.
No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak camera
No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak camera, made by the Canadian Kodak Co. Ltd, Toronto, 1905 and used by Jack Alcock.
Gnome Omega 50-hp rotary engine, designed by Laurent Seguin and made in France, c.1909-1912.
Tri-Flier/Hiway Demon 175 G-MJXE
Tri-Flier/Hiway Demon 175 G-MJXE microlight aircraft made by Mainair Sports Ltd, Rochdale, Hiway Hang Gliders Ltd, Brighton, with wing made by Flexiform, Oldham, c.1985
'Bradshaw' motorcycle by DOT Motors Ltd, Manchester, 1923
Bradshaw motorcycle made by DOT Motors Ltd, Manchester, 1923
Johnny Berry Bicycle
15" frame made by Rusholme frame maker Johnny Berry for his son, Donald, 1951. Serial number 511387.
Rotrax Speedway Motorcycle
1967 Rotrax speedway motorcycle, fitted with JAP engine. This was the club 'spare' motorcycle at Long Eaton Speedway Club and was ridden by Speedway World Champion Ove Fundin. It was restored by Speedway World Champion Peter Collins.
Conceptual aircraft model
Conceptual scale model of futuristic blended wing body airliner, commissioned by Shell UK Oil Products Ltd, c.2000.
Special Isle of Mann TT 125cc Motorcycle
Special Isle of Mann TT 125cc motorcycle, made by John Anelay, Blackburn, 1952.