Post-war British research aircraft and prototypes
Throughout the war the United Kingdom had engaged on highly original research and development, much of which spilled over into the post-war years. (Much also spilled to allies, especially in the form of jet engines.) Noted below are types built for research or as development aircraft or to meet a military specification subsequently cancelled. Not included are variants of types serving as flying laboratories (Comet, Viscount, Britannia, BAC-111, Andover) or as engine or radar test-beds, the latter too numerous to mention. Neither are the many civilian aircraft given temporary military serials in the 1950s when engaged on trooping charters.
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Pterodactyl, Manx, Bat, GAL56, GAL61, DH108 Swallow, AW52G, AW52, (Me163, Horten IV), SB1, SB4, ML UtilityRead more
P.111, P120, FD.1, Avro 707, AW58, FD.2, BAC 221, HP115Read more
SB5, HP88/Supermarine 521/YB2, Wild Goose, SwallowRead more
E.28/39, GA.1, GA.2, SR.A/1, Supermarine types 392, 508, 510, 517, 525, 528, 529, 535, 545, Hawker P.1040, P.1052, P.1072, P.1081, SR.53, SR.177, EAPRead more
Cierva W.9, Gyrodyne, Jet Gyrodyne, Rotodyne, Bevan E.1/48, Cierva W.11, Bristol 173, Percival P.74Read more
Thrust measuring rig (Flying bedstead), SC.1, P.1127, KestrelRead more
Youngman-Baynes HL.1, Reid and Sigrist RS.4, Marshalls MA.4, Hermes, Tudor, Ashton, Apollo, Bristol 188, Hunting H.126Read more
TSR.2, Spearfish, Ultralight, Midge, Gnat, Fury, Shetland, Sperrin, Seamew, Spiteful, Seafang, SeagullRead more
Auster Type N, Type S, Heston JC.6, Firecrest, YA.7, YA.8, YB.1, HPR.2, Student, SB.3Read more