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Fairey Delta FD2 Military Aircraft

The Fairey Delta FD2 was produced by the Fairey Aviation Company in response to a Ministry of Supply specification for a aircraft to investigate flight and control at transonic and supersonic speeds, test pilot Peter Twiss first flew the plane in October 1954 and on the 10th of March 1956 took the World speed record in WG774, the record had been held by a modified F-100 Super Sabre but the Delta exceeded this by over 300 mph setting a new record of 1,132 mph (1,811 km/h) and at the same time became the first aircraft to exceed 1000 mph in level flight.

Fairey Delta FD2 Military Aircraft


The aircraft pictured above is the record braking WG774 airframe modified and fitted with new wings and a Rolls-Royce Avon RA.28 engine to help develop the Concorde supersonic airliner design and re-designated as the BAC 221. The Fairey Delta was particularly suitable for the Concorde development aircraft because of it's design, is is of note that it already had a "Droop-Nose" like that eventually used on Concorde to allow the pilot to see the runway during take-off.

Fairey Delta FD2 Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 51 ft 7 in (15.7 m)
  • Wingspan: 26 ft 10 in (8.2 m)
  • Height: 11 ft (3.4 m)
  • Empty weight: 11,000 lb (4,990 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 13,884 lb (6,298 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 13,884 lb (6,298 kg)
  • Engine: Single 10,000 lb (4,536 kg) thrust Rolls-Royce RA.5 turbojet
  • Maximum speed: 1,132 mph (1,811 km/h)
  • Range: 830 mi (1,340 km)
  • Service ceiling: 48,000 ft (14,640 m)
  • Rate of climb: 15,000 ft/min (76.2 m/s)

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