By Tony Buttler
This identify completes a trilogy masking the layout and improvement of British combatants and bombers from the tip of the biplane period to the current day. This new quantity back emphasizes the designs which have been by no means flown. It covers plane tasks that have been ready from the mid-1930s onwards stimulated by way of the transforming into chance of one other struggle with Germany, via to a few initiatives which seemed after the warfare used to be over. The latter comprises early jets corresponding to the Attacker, Sea Hawk and Venom, which all flew post-war yet have been designed to wartime or quick post-war necessities. one of the designs featured during this booklet are fixed-gun warring parties, turret combatants, twin-engine cannon warring parties, mild, medium and heavy bombers, torpedo bombers and flying boats. As within the trilogy's first volumes, those designs are lined with targeted descriptions and information and diverse pictures of types or artists' impressions exhibiting how those designs may have seemed. in contrast to the post-war years, info of many past unbuilt tasks were misplaced, yet thankfully info on loads of those has survived, and it will shape the main entire checklist to be released on those interesting machines.
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96B. 97A. 4 minutes respectively, ceiling 35,500ft (10,820m). 29/40, was eventually drawn up to cover it. I 008 This night fighter to F. 18/40 is another Hawker design for which no information has been found. 18/40 (neither did Supermarine or Westland). 18/40 but were not tendered. 22 fighter project with two Merlin XX or Merlin 60 engines mounted in narrow wing nacelles and served by ducted radiators in the wing. It was comparable in size to the Mosquito, had four 20mm guns mounted in the upper nose and was built entirely of wood; an alternative version had a Boulton Paul four-gun turret.
Contra-rotating propellers were more efficient than a single airscrew, especially in climb and takeoff. lOl (1,182Iit) of internal fuel was carried. To escape the propeller when baling out from the aircraft, the pilot had a downward escape mechanism in which the lower forward fuselage beneath his seat fell away. Maximum rate of climb (up to 2,000ft [61 Om J) was 2,140ft/min (652m/min) and range with normal load 785 miles (1,263km). The time allowed for preparing this project prevented its general construction from being determined satisfactorily (the issue was 'too important to be lightly treated') but Boulton Paul noted that very promising results had been obtained on the use of plastics, both for structural members and detail parts, and this knowledge and technique would be pressed into use wherever possible.
KG. 1I137. DI023 and afforded the pilot an excellent view for formation flying. The roof of the pilot's compartment was protected from gun blast by reinforced panels and just aft of the turret a cell in th floor was arranged to carry the 250lb (113kg) small bomb container on a universal rack; hydraulically-operated doors opened this compartment for the bombs to be released. Both aircraft carri d fu I in two wing tanks, the 'Small' design having 245gal (1,114Iit) in total and the 'Large' 315gal (1,432Iit).
British Secret Projects, Volume 3: Fighters and Bombers 1935-1950 by Tony Buttler