Lot 29 (Garden and Natural History Live Auction, 12th March 2019)
Sold for £8,500
Expect the Unexpected: A rare Lavochkin V-751 experimental flying laboratory
titanium, stainless steel and aluminium
10.9 metres long
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.