The Flying Bedstead or Thrust Measuring Rig (TMR) to be extra exact with its official title was designed and constructed by Rolls-Royce at their Hucknall Flight Test Establishment in Nottinghamshire throughout the Fifties to discover Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VSTOL) utilizing the brand new jet know-how. It developed finally into the Hawker Harrier plane which was so profitable and even the brand new F35 Lightning. Much later NASA additionally developed an analogous craft within the type of a Moon Lander.
Well, the Flight Test Establishment closed within the Seventies and the Hucknall Flight Test Museum (HUFTM) is now on the identical website preserving the heritage alive. HUFTM, along side the Rolls-Royce Hucknall Model Aircraft Club, has now launched a brand new Flying Bedstead modeling competitors.
The competitors is to supply essentially the most lifelike flying scale mannequin and is aimed toward fashions worldwide who – because of Covid 19 rules and limitations – will ship in nonetheless photos and video clips of their mannequin flying for judging. Marks will likely be awarded in two classes – Static and Flying, with 50% of the accessible marks in every class. This means you can enter even when your mannequin doesn’t fly.
The competitors will run till the first of January 2022 and what higher challenge for the Covid Lockdown than to enter this competitors.
A panel of judges from each HUFTM and the RR Hucknall MAC consists of an engineer that helped construct the unique plane within the Fifties which now resides within the Science Museum, London.
Models could be scratch constructed or variations of commercially accessible drones and could be of any scale and use any energy supply from propellers via to Electric Ducted Fan models and even full fuel generators if the contestant needs. As there aren’t any surviving drawings of the plane opponents will design and construct their mannequin from accessible images.
Type “HUFTM Flying Bedstead Competition” into your web browser and try the Youtube Competition Video for all the small print of how one can enter, and on the identical time see some nice Rolls-Royce Flying Bedstead photos – lots of which have by no means been seen by the general public earlier than.
The competitors is free to enter, discover out extra data and how one can enter under.