Into the unknown

FLIGHT-TESTING FAIREY ROTODYNE

Once the tail fins had been revised and a new retractable undercarriage fitted, the Rotodyne could realise more of its performance potential. AEROPLANE

The Rotodyne wasn’t looking its best when it made its maiden flight because some of the engine panels had been removed to aid cooling. The aircraft was in a bare metal finish devoid of markings, apart from the military serial number XE521. It never received a civilian registration.

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