Fairey Delta 2 - image by Geoff Collins

Fairey Delta 2 - image by Geoff Collins

FD 2

FD 2

STRANGE MILITARY AIRPLANES - FAIREY DELTA 2 - FIRST AIRCRAFT TO EXCEED 1000 MPH

STRANGE MILITARY AIRPLANES - FAIREY DELTA 2 - FIRST AIRCRAFT TO EXCEED 1000 MPH

Fairey Delta FD-2 Photo signed by test pilot Peter Twiss

Fairey Delta FD-2 Photo signed by test pilot Peter Twiss

The Fairey Delta 2 was the development platform for UK supersonic research. Its delta-wing, Rolls-Royce Avon engines and hinged-nose were all later deployed on the Concorde supersonic airliner. On 10-Mar-1956 FD-2 WG774 broke the world air-speed record by a staggering 300mph margin, flying at 1132mph, smashing the record set just twelve months previously by the American F100 Super Sabre.

The Fairey Delta 2 was the development platform for UK supersonic research. Its delta-wing, Rolls-Royce Avon engines and hinged-nose were all later deployed on the Concorde supersonic airliner. On 10-Mar-1956 FD-2 WG774 broke the world air-speed record by a staggering 300mph margin, flying at 1132mph, smashing the record set just twelve months previously by the American F100 Super Sabre.

Peter Twiss pictured with the model of the Fairey Delta 2 ‘Droop Snoot’, circa 1956. Twiss piloted the plane which was the first to exceed 1,000 miles per hour in March 1956.

Peter Twiss pictured with the model of the Fairey Delta 2 ‘Droop Snoot’, circa 1956. Twiss piloted the plane which was the first to exceed 1,000 miles per hour in March 1956.

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