Short SC1 XG905, Ulster Transport Museum, Cultra, Co Down, Thurs 17 May 2012. XG905 is one of two SC1s built by Shorts to investigate vertical take off and landing. It first flew in 1958. It had no fewer than five Rolls-Royce RB108 engines. Four provided vertical thrust, and took air through the large grid behind the cockpit. The fifth engine was for normal horizontal flight. The aircraft made many flights, and successfully passed from vertical to horizontal flight at Farnborough in 1960. It crashed in 1963, killing its pilot, but was repaired and flew again. The other SC1, XG900, is at the Science Museum, South Kensington, London.
Short SC1 XG905