Tony Buttler AMRAeS explores Britain’s first true Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft, the Short SC.1
IN FOCUS SHORT SC.1
The S.C.1 was designed specifically to explore the new realm of vertical take-off and landing – together with transitions to and from conventional forward flight. As such the SC.1 was the first British jet-powered vertical take-off aircraft to also be able to fly normally. Two examples were built; they proved a great success, had long careers and did much to clear the ground for the critical Hawker P.1127 Harrier programme that would follow.