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Ten worst British Aircraft.

Old 3rd Mar 2016, 10:33
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Ten worst British Aircraft.

Interesting list, Blackburn Roc my choice for first place.

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Old 3rd Mar 2016, 11:05
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Interesting list.

The mention of the Scimitar agrees with my dad.

He flew them plus Buccaneers and Hunters etc

"It was the most fun aircraft ever made. Guns, Rockets, Nuclear bombs, 6G till you ran out of fuel and all piloted by a lone Midshipman off an aircraft carrier. Utterly useless at all roles and brilliant."

.....and he crashed one which seems to agree with the writer too.
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The article does not even mention the Avro Manchester...or indeed the Fairey Fawn with its over-wing fuel tanks.
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Old 3rd Mar 2016, 11:15
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The Fairey Battle. Built to Spec P27/32. A single engine light bomber with a crew of 3. It was under powered, slow and lacked defensive firepower. The then CAS, Sir Edward Ellington directed that no more Battles were to be ordered in December 1936 - before it entered squadron service.

137 Battles were lost in the early stages of WW2 in France from the 10 Battle squadrons deployed.
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I wanted to be first to say the F-35



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The Bristol Brigand anti-insurgency aircraft (and its communications variant, the Buckmaster).




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Nimrod 3...

Nimrod 4...
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Wot no Defiant? The best 1918 fighter ever built?

Shurely shome mistake?
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What, no Brabazon? Ahhh military.... you never said that
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Wot no Defiant?

With you on that...
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The Percival P.74 helicopter takes some beating - as described in Derek Wood's Project Cancelled, it didn't even succeed in leaving the ground!
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Not only did Percival's P.74 look like a pig, it comprehensively proved the old adage that 'Pigs can't fly'.... With everything set to maximum noise and up-ness, it just sat there shuddering and grunting, displaying no ambition to leave the ground.

Worst RAF aircraft I've flown? The loathsome Jetstream T Mk 1.
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Surprised to see the Sea Vixen I that list. I used to work with an ex FAA observer who had nothing but praise for the Vixen and not a lot of praise for the Buccaneer S1. Mind you his opinions had a lot to do with the fact that he'd never had the need to eject from a Vixen but he had from the Bucc.
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Tornado F2.

Radar (when it eventually arrived) best at picking up weather returns. Constant reheat and throt warnings from mechanical engine controls. TD box in the HUD that was smaller than the target!
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Then there was the Gloster Javelin. Engage reheat at altitude and it slowed down - it had the distinction of being the world's first all-weather non-aerobatic fighter....
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BEagle,

So perhaps the Javelin should have been an IMC fighter rather than an all weather one! Interestingly, the F-101 also slowed down when you first engaged reheat (only flew against one, never in one).

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I am not disagreeing with you but with respect to the F2 and "Constant reheat and throt warnings from mechanical engine controls", the engines and MECUs were the same as on the GR1 and the same that the GR4 still has.
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Percival P.74
Another British type I'd never heard of before - by the look of it, just as well.
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Wot no Defiant? The best 1918 fighter ever built?
Even as a day interceptor, the Defiant's overall loss to kill ratio was actually in its favour, yes both 141 and 264 Sqn got hammered over the course of a few days, but so did quite a few Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons. The problem for the Defiant was a 1.1 to 1 kill/loss ratio was just not good enough. Had they been used to deal with the deeper penetration raids or up north as a pure bomber killer where there was no Me-109 threat they could have racked up some quite impressive scores.
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Having just looked at it, the P74 must be well up on the list of the ugliest as well.
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Listening to a few guys who had the misfortune to fly it ... that underpowered 'slab sided' monstrosity the Percival P.40 Prentice must surely be another contender.
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