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9th Jun 2019, 05:12
Replies: 43
Views: 10,696
Posted By DHfan

A brief scan before I read it properly when i get...

A brief scan before I read it properly when i get back from a few days away seems to suggest that the naval version was a necessary mod, although not as successful as anticipated, and the RAF version...
4th Jun 2019, 10:49
Replies: 43
Views: 10,696
Posted By DHfan

I've always understood that the Spey was chosen...

I've always understood that the Spey was chosen solely to give UK manufacturing input and it did adversely affect performance - "lots of money for a worse aeroplane."
However I've recently read that...
29th May 2019, 22:45
Replies: 81
Views: 30,067
Posted By DHfan

I've no idea how long the current management has...

I've no idea how long the current management has been in place but I'm certainly prepared to believe they, individually or collectively, have no interest in aviation.
When we last visited the...
2nd May 2019, 22:37
Replies: 81
Views: 30,067
Posted By DHfan

I've always assumed/understood the hangar was...

I've always assumed/understood the hangar was structurally unsound.
Has asbestos always been the the problem?
10th Apr 2019, 07:19
Replies: 13
Views: 2,645
Posted By DHfan

As far as I'm aware, Mr Weeks has never had a...

As far as I'm aware, Mr Weeks has never had a Typhoon, even a project, only a Tempest V.
23rd Jan 2019, 23:06
Replies: 24
Views: 2,447
Posted By DHfan

I think I'm right in saying that that was when he...

I think I'm right in saying that that was when he decided that the perceived wisdom of the time of very low-powered light aircraft was never going to work.
That led to the idea of adapting parts of...
6th Dec 2018, 15:01
Replies: 12,687
Views: 3,518,296
Posted By DHfan

IIRC, early Halifaxes had problems with the...

IIRC, early Halifaxes had problems with the rudder(s) locking over which was traced to the swept leading edge of the fin. Later ones had a much larger oblong fin and rudder.

Radlett was easy for...
6th Dec 2018, 07:07
Replies: 12,687
Views: 3,518,296
Posted By DHfan

I've never heard of such a trial and I would have...

I've never heard of such a trial and I would have thought somebody could have come up with a better plan that didn't involve risking a flight crew.
That said, if it was a Lancaster I assume it would...
3rd Nov 2018, 19:32
Replies: 12,687
Views: 3,518,296
Posted By DHfan

Azure Blue came to my mind, but I wondered if I...

Azure Blue came to my mind, but I wondered if I was right as I had an Azure Blue car, which was a totally different colour.

I think the film may have been orthochromatic which, from memory, could...
3rd Nov 2018, 14:15
Replies: 12,687
Views: 3,518,296
Posted By DHfan

I'd forgotten completely that Desert Air Force...

I'd forgotten completely that Desert Air Force aircraft had blue undersides.
I wouldn't mind quite so much if I hadn't seen a Spitfire V at Duxford a few years ago temporarily fitted with a tropical...
29th Oct 2018, 16:34
Replies: 30
Views: 3,927
Posted By DHfan

The main difference is the UK, and most of the...

The main difference is the UK, and most of the rest of the world, uses first angle projection and the US uses third angle projection. I had to look that up - it's nearly 45 years since I had to make...
29th Oct 2018, 00:32
Replies: 30
Views: 3,927
Posted By DHfan

Well, not really. It was the only part of the...

Well, not really. It was the only part of the original engine that hadn't been redesigned, so nothing to do with Hooker to start with, and had never given a moments trouble.
How does that turn into...
28th Oct 2018, 21:47
Replies: 30
Views: 3,927
Posted By DHfan

I'm not sure about that. The Proteus already...

I'm not sure about that. The Proteus already existed when Hooker arrived at Bristol but it was hopeless.
Unusually, I've got my copy of "Not Much of an Engineer" at the moment, it's often out on...
28th Oct 2018, 07:32
Replies: 30
Views: 3,927
Posted By DHfan

Just re-reading and this reminded me of...

Just re-reading and this reminded me of something.
Brunel designed the propeller for the SS Great Britain and although it wasn't the first screw fitted to a ship, it was the first on anything like...
26th Oct 2018, 23:31
Replies: 340
Views: 64,095
Posted By DHfan

With my hindsight, I believe TSR-2 was doomed...

With my hindsight, I believe TSR-2 was doomed from the outset. Everything that could have been calculated to be a bad idea was selected.
The RAF picked the figures they wanted out of thin air, from...
25th Oct 2018, 23:13
Replies: 30
Views: 3,927
Posted By DHfan

After posting, I thought again about the breadth...

After posting, I thought again about the breadth of Brunel's achievements and I agree, he would get my vote as the greatest.

That's not to take anything away from Sir Stanley. As well as the...
24th Oct 2018, 23:17
Replies: 30
Views: 3,927
Posted By DHfan

It was Ford in the UK, not Packard, and Stanley...

It was Ford in the UK, not Packard, and Stanley himself thought they would say the tolerances were too tight, not the opposite. To be fair, at that time he wasn't really an engineer at all, let alone...
20th Oct 2018, 00:34
Replies: 147
Views: 16,142
Posted By DHfan

And, just in case it's not obvious to everyone,...

And, just in case it's not obvious to everyone, that's certainly a DH.88 Comet and presumably G-ACSS behind them as I guess the race was about to start.

The aircraft is airworthy at Old Warden,...
9th Oct 2018, 22:45
Replies: 10
Views: 1,713
Posted By DHfan

As a piece of aviation history, the eastbound...

As a piece of aviation history, the eastbound Comet 4 survives at Duxford in BOAC colours.

It was presented to the Duxford Aviation Society by Dan-Air and I believe there were some who thought it...
3rd Oct 2018, 22:56
Replies: 147
Views: 16,142
Posted By DHfan

DH.34, Daimler or Imperial Airways. Crashed...

DH.34, Daimler or Imperial Airways.
Crashed July 1925.
Info here
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=21884
19th Sep 2018, 23:05
Replies: 147
Views: 16,142
Posted By DHfan

Not really relevant as it's a different airframe...

Not really relevant as it's a different airframe but I, along with many others, wonder about the long-time survival prospects of XB259 at Fort Paull.
I understand the reasons for wanting it there,...
19th Sep 2018, 06:10
Replies: 147
Views: 16,142
Posted By DHfan

It's definitely Hendon, there wasn't that much...

It's definitely Hendon, there wasn't that much space at Beverley or any grass as I recall, just concrete.
5th Sep 2018, 14:54
Replies: 13
Views: 1,584
Posted By DHfan

They restored the Hermes fuselage a few years...

They restored the Hermes fuselage a few years ago, externally at least, and it now looks very good.
I still find it difficult to understand how a museum - or anybody else come to think of it - could...
3rd Sep 2018, 23:09
Replies: 13
Views: 1,584
Posted By DHfan

With a few exceptions - the Comet 4 and Concorde...

With a few exceptions - the Comet 4 and Concorde for example - the civil airliners are all on external display so you can actually see virtually all of them. The ones that are inside also aren't a...
28th May 2018, 07:25
Replies: 24
Views: 3,335
Posted By DHfan

... and the Firestreak missile. Airframes,...

... and the Firestreak missile.
Airframes, engines, propellors, armament and Blue Streak is really showing off.
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