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|A three-view drawing (1351 x 1305)|
| Empty weight||3084 kg||6799 lb|
| Wingspan||5.95 m||20 ft 6 in|
| Length||7.99 m||26 ft 3 in|
| Max. speed||1011 km/h||628 mph|
By the looks of it, it's actually a delta with a small pitch control vane at the top of the stabiliser.
|b flewitt, 19.02.2013|
There seems to be an awful lot of fuselage in front of the wings and tailplane.Looks like it might be unstable.
My research leads me to believe that the wing skins may have been fabricated from Durestos, an asbestos felt reinforced phenolic resin, selected because it was cheaper and had a higher specific stiffness than the emerging glass fibre/polyester resin composite materials of the period. The higher skin temperatures of transonic flight might have also played a role. Talk about being ahead of its time.
|M Halle, 03.10.2009|
My father in law worked for Fairy Aviation then Fairey Engineering for 40 years - he has passed away and we are sorting though his effects. I came across a large technical document for a Prototype aircraft called the E.10/47 from 1950. The drawing of the plane looks similar to the FD1. Is there any organisation who collects this type of document?
FD1. First flight March 12 1951. Delta-winged research plane. Control proved difficult.
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