Designed to Specification B.14/46, the Short Sperrin was intended as an insurance against failure of the Vickers Valiant, the first of the RAF's V-bombers. Two prototypes were built, the first flying on 10 August 1951 and used to test new high-altitude radar navigation and
bombing equipment that was to be incorporated in the V-bombers. The second aircraft, which flew in August 1952, was used to test
aerodynamic bomb shapes in connection with the development of Britain's first atomic bomb, the MC.Mk 1 'Blue Danube'.
| ENGINE||4 x 2944kg Rolls-Royce Avon RA.3 turbojet engines|
| Take-off weight||52200 kg||115082 lb|
| Wingspan||33.20 m||109 ft 11 in|
| Length||31.42 m||103 ft 1 in|
| Height||8.69 m||29 ft 6 in|
| Max. speed||913 km/h||567 mph|
| Ceiling||13725 m||45050 ft|
| Range||6050 km||3759 miles|
| ARMAMENT||1 x 4530 MC.Mk 1 'Blue Danube' special store|
|A three-view drawing (670 x 434)|
|hutton barton, huttonbarton=hotmail.com, 10.12.2010|
It was also used as a test bed for the De Havilland Gyron with first one and then two Gyrons in the lower engine position
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