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Memories of 'flying bedstead' marvel; LETTERS.

YESTERDAY''S article (December 16) on the retirement of that remarkable military aircraft, the Harrier jump jet, brought back memories for me.

In 1949 I served my National Service at RAF Hucknall near Nottingham where Rolls Royce had an experimental setup in hangers at the bottom of the grass airfield. We were used to seeing all sorts of unusual aircraft taking off such as ex-bombers with two of their four piston engines replaced by jet engines.

We then started to hear weird screaming noises from the bottom of the airfield but no aircraft with them. Eventually we learned that the strange noises came from the Flying Bedstead which was a tethered metal framework fitted with the experimental vertical takeoff engines that eventually powered the Harrier.

Neville Dunn, Mynydd Isa
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 17, 2010
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