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Handley Page built and tested a number of different research aircraft from the 1940s onwards. In the 1940s they built the HP75 to test out problems around aircraft without tails. Because of its unusual appearance, it was nicknamed The Manx (named after the tailless cat). The first flight in June 1943 was terminated early when the canopy was lost in mid-flight, but the pilot managed to land the plane safely. In December 1945 the Manx's regular crew were killed flying the Handley Page Hermes prototype. The Manx had only accumulated about 17 hours of flight time over approximately 30 flights when flight tests finally ended in April 1946.