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While I was at the MOSI I went into the aircraft section too ...
Seems we have a few aircraft/spacecraft fans here .....
MOSI is not as good as Smithsonian or others .... but they have a few interesting craft ...
This de Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapide is housed there after extensive restoration .... this craft was built around 1934/35 manufacturer number 6278 seating 9 passengers flight registration G-ADAH, and is reported to be the first commercial aircraft to have landed at Manchesters Ringway Airport in 1938, (now Manchester International Airport)
4091c DH Dragon Rapide ADAH by Steve of phnart, on Flickr
They also have a proto-type English Electric P1A, built 1955, which became the EE Lightning jet used by many air forces world wide, as a great supersonic 1.53 mach war plane. Carrying the registration WG 763, it is the second pro to-type built and first flew on 18th July 1955. Even in full production this must have been some wild experience for any pilot to fly, its would have been like strapping in two jet engine and riding in the top towards the front ... POWER .....
4089c EE Lightning P1A 1955 by Steve of phnart, on Flickr
Here are a couple of more peaceful shots again ... a Trident 3B flown by British Europen Airways (BEA), later British Airways after the amalgamation with BOAC, like the Boeing 727 this was a three engined jet for medium haul flight distances.
This is the flight deck
4083c Trident Flightdeck by Steve of phnart, on Flickr
If that is not confusing enough, imagine being an electrical engineer trying to trace a fault through the wiring loom ....
4085c Trident Loom by Steve of phnart, on Flickr