Since 1959 in the UK at the company's Hawker very quickly the work was to develop the first prototype aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing Hawker P.1127. By the end of seventeen months after cutting the first sheet metal for the new aircraft, October 21, 1960 the chief test pilot Bill Bedford of the company jumped into the cab finished prototype with tail number XP831 for vertical take-off attempt. In conducting the first tests plane was tied with ropes to the ground and aim of the tests was to study the capacity of the machine to soaring flight at low altitude. To the surprise and joy of the founders of the aircraft, the very first attempt at takeoff was successful. At least, it was clear that the thrust of the engine enough to tear off the plane from the ground.
However, this was only the first step in testing and improving the prototype. November 19, 1960 cables that hold the aircraft were removed, and held the first free hovering flight. After this flight, it became obvious that the creators of the aircraft was only slightly closer to solving the problem, but the main work still lies ahead. For example, March 13, 1961 aircraft, Managed by Bill Bedford made its first flight. Further, the test pilot will tell you that during this first flight, the adrenaline level in the cockpit exceeded all permissible values. Manager Public Relations Hawker hurried on record that during the first horizontal flight, the plane was piloted by great and the project as a whole, has enormous potential. In fact, the plane made clumsy and noisy flight with high levels of vibration. In flight, it lacked stability, it is poorly took turns his nose up at landing gear began of vibration and, when landing, he behaved like a lined with duck in a strong crosswind. Testing of any new aircraft, especially with such a high level of technical innovations as the prototype Hawker P.1127, imply the presence of difficulties and setbacks.