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Picture of the Month
Amstrong-Siddeley were a locally based firm that built luxury cars and aero engines. This was an advert from December 1953 extolling the virtues of the Armstrong-Siddeley-built Meteor night fighter. 8 years after the first Meteors had entered service with the RAF, A-W and Glosters were still selling the aircraft to foreign air forces and the RAF. It was rapidly becoming outclassed by newer fighters, but as a night-time bomber-destroyer it was still a useful aircraft and around 550 Meteor night fighters were built. An example of the Meteor NF.14 is on display at the Museum.
Whilst not attempting to emulate the good books and writings about the great man an interesting exhibit has been stored at the museum for a considerable time and it was thought that it was about time it saw the light of day.
The item in question is a Whittle power unit the W2/500 engine. Interestingly it was rescued from a scrap yard in Coventry by some foresighted members in the early days of the museums history, but for them this gem of an engine would have been lost forever. When it was recovered it was stripped down for appraisal and stored.
The unit without any apparent stampings or data plate that we could find would have been manufactured around 1941/2 and it precedes the complete W700 on public display in the Whittle exhibition hall at the museum. It is as a quick... read more
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