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RAE Larynx

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"RAE Larynx on cordite fired catapult of destroyer HMS Stronghold, July 1927. The Man on the box is Dr. George Gardner, later Director of RAE." [1]

Larynx (from "Long Range Gun with Lynx engine") was an early British pilotless aircraft, to be used as a guided anti-ship weapon. Started in September 1925, it was an early cruise missile guided by an autopilot.

A small monoplane powered by a 200 hp Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV engine, it had a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h); faster than contemporary fighters.[2]

It used autopilot principles developed by Professor A. Low and already used in the Ruston Proctor AT a radio controlled biplane that was intended to be used against German Zeppelin bombers

Project history


  1. The Evolution of the Cruise Missile by Werrell, Kenneth P. see PDF page 29
  2. Gibson and Buttler. British Secret Projects: Hypersonics, ramjets and missiles Midland 2007
  3. Werrell PDF page 29

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