The Brit-built fighters that never flew

Now known its for state-of-the-art ejection seats, from 1934-1944 the Martin-Baker Aircraft Co built fighter aircraft

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MB.5 R2496 shows the final revision to its tail configuration, with a larger, taller rudder and fin. The undercarriage is completing its retraction. R2496 has become officially anonymous, the serial removed

Born in September 1893, Ulsterman James Martin loved building machines. As a teenager, he created agricultural devices in his father’s workshop, selling them to neighbouring landowners. He was fascinated by aircraft, too, producing many models. He worked for various Belfast engineering concerns, so, by his mid 20s, he was an accomplished practical engineer.

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