Aircraft Photo of WG774 | BAC 221 | British Aircraft Corporation | #58490
Registration / Serial:WG774
Aircraft Original Type:BAC 221
Aircraft Generic Type:BAC 221
Aircraft Version:BAC 221
C/n (msn):F.9421
Operator / Titles:British Aircraft Corporation
City / Airport:YeoviltonMap
Region / Country:England, United Kingdom
Airport Codes:ICAO: EGDY   IATA: YEO   Local: -   Other: -
Collection:Fleet Air Arm Museum
Photo Date:27 December 2013
Photo by:Alastair T. Gardiner
Photo ID: 58490
Photo Comment

Originally built as a Fairey Delta 2 to investigate flight and control at transonic and supersonic speeds. In 1956 WG774 broke the World Air Speed Record (1,132 mph) and so became the first aircraft to exceed 1,000 mph in level flight. However, to take full advantage of the aerodynamic properties of the wing the FD2 was modified into the BAC221 by featuring a longer highly swept wing, engine inlet configuration, a RR Avon RA engine, modified tail and undercarriage. She paved the way for and is parked alongside Concorde, real aviation history at the FAA Museum.

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