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Fairey Delta 2

Første flyve6 October 1954

Den Fairey Delta 2 or FD2 (internal designation Type V within Fairey) was a British supersonic research aircraft produced by the Fairey Aviation Company in response to a specification from the Ministry of Supply for a specialised aircraft for conducting investigations into flight and control at transonic and supersonic speeds. Key features of the type include the adoption of a delta wing and a droop-nose. On 6 October 1954, the Delta 2 conducted its maiden flight, flown by Fairey test pilot Peter Twiss; a total of two aircraft would be produced. The Delta 2 was the final aircraft to be produced by Fairey as an independent manufacture.

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The Fairey Delta 2 was a British supersonic research aircraft that flew in the 1950s. It was designed by Fairey Aviation to test the aerodynamics of delta wings at high speeds. The Fairey Delta 2 was the first aircraft to exceed 1000 mph in level flight, setting a world speed record of 1132 mph in 1956. The Fairey Delta 2 also pioneered the use of a droop-nose to improve the pilot’s visibility during landing and take-off. The Fairey Delta 2 was powered by a Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet engine and had a wingspan of 26 feet and a length of 51 feet. The Fairey Delta 2 was an important milestone in the development of supersonic flight and influenced the design of later aircraft such as the Concorde and the Avro Vulcan.

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