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  • hampden98
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Sep 2009
    • 2541

    WW2 Prototypes

    Do any still survive? Mosquito and Gloster Pioneer are two that spring to mind. Any others?
  • warbirdnerd
    Mostly Lurking
    • Jan 2000
    • 55

    #2
    The XP-51A 41-038 at the EAA Airventure Museum Oshkosh Wisconsin
    pb::B Darnell

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    • blurrkup
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Mar 2006
      • 244

      #3
      Gloster Meteor DG202 is with the RAF museum.

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      • Lynx815
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jun 2008
        • 145

        #4
        Fairey Fulmar N1854 at the FAAM.

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        • H.M.S Vulture
          Griffon74@Btinternet.com
          • Jul 2003
          • 354

          #5
          Fairey Fulmar N1854 is the prototype Mk II.
          WANTED FAIREY FIREFLY parts!
          Griffon74@btinternet.com

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          • jeepman
            infrequent poster now
            • Apr 2004
            • 1975

            #6
            Doesnt at least a wing (or major part thereof) from the Stirling Prototype still exist at Orfordness?
            JM

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            • Consul
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Aug 2004
              • 1767

              #7
              LA607 Hawker Tempest II second prototype (ex Cranfield and Skyfame Museum) is stored with Kermit Weeks collection in Florida.
              "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."(Mary Baker Eddy)

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              • Oxcart
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Nov 2007
                • 2069

                #8
                First prototype of the Ryan PT-22 is still around (at Old Warden?)
                Give a man a fish and eat for a day. Give a man a fishing rod and he'll eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish!

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                • DaveF68
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jun 2004
                  • 1787

                  #9
                  The second XP-5542-78846 and second XP-56 42-38353 both survive
                  Horton Ho 229 V3
                  Bv155 V2

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                  • RJH
                    RJH
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Feb 2015
                    • 79

                    #10
                    DH98 Mosquito prototype W4050 is at De Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall of course.

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                    • J Boyle
                      With malice towards none
                      • Oct 2004
                      • 9760

                      #11
                      The second XP-82 Twin Mustang survives and it flies!
                      Last edited by J Boyle; 15th June 2019, 12:16.
                      There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                      • J Boyle
                        With malice towards none
                        • Oct 2004
                        • 9760

                        #12
                        The XR-4 helicopter (RAF Hoverfly) is in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum. The type saw operational use in the Pacific and combat in Burma.
                        And on a related note, Igor Sikorsky's proof of concept VS-300 also survives at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
                        It can be considered the prototype for the prototype R-4.

                        Another proof of concept aircraft, the first Bell 30 helicopter, also is owned by the NASM. With a first flown date of 29 Dec. 1942, it was the first Bell helicopter and essentially a prototype for what would become the Bell 47, the first helicopter in the world approved for commercial production and sale.
                        Last edited by J Boyle; 15th June 2019, 13:46.
                        There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                        • J Boyle
                          With malice towards none
                          • Oct 2004
                          • 9760

                          #13
                          Two aircraft designed and contracted for during the war, but not flown until November, 1947 (an odd coincidence) survive:

                          The sole XC-99, the transport variant of the Convair B-36 bomber. It later saw service with the U.S. Air Force.

                          The sole Hughes H-4 flying boat. It's better known by its unofficial and incorrect nickname, The Spruce Goose.
                          There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                          • TempestV
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Dec 2003
                            • 1505

                            #14
                            Originally posted by jeepman View Post
                            Doesnt at least a wing (or major part thereof) from the Stirling Prototype still exist at Orfordness?
                            No. We think this is from a Lancaster.

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                            • TempestV
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Dec 2003
                              • 1505

                              #15
                              The Sea Vampire at the FAAM Yeovilton.

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                              • Lynx815
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jun 2008
                                • 145

                                #16
                                Originally posted by H.M.S Vulture View Post
                                Fairey Fulmar N1854 is the prototype Mk II.
                                N1854 was the first Fulmar built and is considered to be the prototype.

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