“Aviator Peter Twiss pictured with the model of the Fairey Delta 2 ‘Droop Snoot’, circa Twiss piloted the plane which was the first to exceed miles per hour in March (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)”
The Fairey Delta 2 was the development platform for UK supersonic research. Its delta-wing, Rolls-Royce Avon engines and hinged-nose were all later deployed on the Concorde supersonic airliner. On 10-Mar-1956 FD-2 WG774 broke the world air-speed record by a staggering 300mph margin, flying at 1132mph, smashing the record set just twelve months previously by the American F100 Super Sabre.
The Fairey Delta 2 or was a British supersonic research aircraft produced to investigate flight and control at transonic and supersonic speeds. On 10 March this aircraft had broken the world's airspeed record at 1132 mph.