posted on Jan, 5 2008 @ 07:08 AM
It's been a while since this thread got an airing and I have some shots here that are a little mysterious. Now I took these myself at a technical
college in Sydney. I expect that the ever resourceful waynos will explain at least part of the mystery, ie: exactly WHAT it is, but as to how it made
it's way to Australia 30+ years ago will probably remain a mystery. I have asked the oldest teacher who has been there since the early 70's and he
cannot recall, except to say that it was around in the old college in Ultimo in inner Sydney all those years ago.
At first glance it appears to just be a display model of the Dassault Balzac STOVL/VSTOL demonstrator of the 1960's. And so did I think until I
looked carefully at my photos with those of the real thing, notice the air intakes, they are completely different. I assume that this may be an early
display model that was doing the airshow circuit in the early 60's and may have been originally intended for Farnborough or Paris. This would explain
the differences in air intakes. One thing that I will try and confirm when I am back there week after next is what the model is made from. At first
glance it appears to be made from metal (steel or Aluminium) if so this might suggest that it started life as a wind tunnel model before conversion to
Note: the display pedestal is fitted with Rolls Royce logos, so presumably it may have been used by them as well.
Hope somone can figure out exactly what it is, and maybe even how the hell it ended up at a technical colllege in Australia.
And for comparison.
[edit on 5-1-2008 by thebozeian]