Billingshurst auction to include rare rockets and engines

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Summers Place Auctions, in Billingshurst, will hold its next sale on Tuesday October 13.

There will be various lots all to do with rockets and engines, including a rare Lavochkin V-751 experimental flying laboratory from 1960. Made of titanium, stainless steel and aluminium and 10.9 metres long, it is expected to fetch £9,000-12,000.

This is a two stage rocket with an initial solid fuel rocket booster which burned for four seconds and a second stage liquid fuel engine that burnt for a further 22 seconds. This enabled the craft to reach altitudes of 66,000 feet and speeds of Mach 3, the range could be up to 22 miles.

This rocket is part of the S-75 family of rockets which were developed in the late 1950’s in response to combat America’s long range bombers.

The S-75 and its many variants provided much of the air defence of the Soviet Union and numerous other countries which adopted it.

Perhaps its most famous moment was the shooting down of Gary Powers U-2 spy plane in 1960.

Other highlights include a very rare Compton Pottery sun dial from the early 20th century, estimated to fetch £3,000-5,000.

Compton Pottery started with evening classes at the end of the 19th century in the village of Compton, near Godalming, Surrey.

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