Originally the Desford was conceived by the well-known instrument manufacturer company Reid & Sigrist as a two-seat intermediate/advanced trainer. First flown in Jul. 1945, by the time this technically successful design took the air, sadly, the Royal Air Force had lost interest in the concept; well, war was almost over anyway. The prototype soon found a new career drastically modified as prone-pilot research aircraft. Under the very appropriate designation R.S.4 Bobsleigh it was employed by the RAE Farnborough. Not happy with that, this tiny survivor entered later the civilian register modified again; this time as a photographic aircraft.
No-nonsense publicity poster. They could be really proud of their offspring.