English Electric P.1A
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This is an aircraft to love. Big, brutal and simple. If you think you recognize its basic shape you are quite right. This is the forefather of the EE Lightning. A few changes were made on the production machines, more than what is visible but the obvious bits would be the intake design and the cockpit/dorsal spine. Except for that the basic lines are there. This particular aircraft is the second P.1A and was used for weapons and structural tests. It first flew on 18 July 1955 and reached a maximum speed of Mach 1.53. On 11 August 1954 the P.1A was the first British designed aircraft to break the sound barrier in level flight. Besides two P.1A another three P.1B were also built.
You get very close to this magnificent machine but not really all the way around it. The last two photos are of the break parachute pack and the opening in the rear bottom section for it.
This particular machine can be found at MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) in Manchester, England.
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