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Samenvatting - As early as 1943 it became apparent that supersonic flight might be an achievable goal - but not for the propeller-driven aircraft of the day. Spurred on by secret intelligence of a German supersonic long-range bomber project, work began on a British secret research aircraft that would potentially be the first manned aircraft to break through the 'sound barrier'.
Although Miles Aircraft were best known for producing light aircraft and basic trainers, their design team quickly rose to the challenge with a range of ground breaking innovations in airframe design and construction, flying controls, advanced materials and pilot escape systems.
The jet engine, designed by Frank Whittle, was also revolutionary, including an early form of 're-heat' technology. By 1946 the project was about 90% complete with major technology and design features having been flight-tested on test-bed aircraft. Furthermore, on Government orders American personnel had been given complete access to the project, well before the Bell X-1 flew. What happened next has been mired in controversy, conspiracy theories and rumours to this day.
Exhaustively researched and illustrated through-out with rare and previously unpublished photographs, drawings and technical data, 'Miles M.52' finally tells the definitive factual story of the Miles M.52 project, gives an objective account of the controversy that grew around the aircraft, and describes the M.52's legacy to Britain's later supersonic aircraft.
|Uitgever:||Crecy Publishing (GB, 2016)|
|Uitvoering:||160 blz, 28 x 21.5 cm, harde kaft|
|Illustraties:||140+ foto's en tekeningen|
|Staat:||nieuw boek (papier)|
Miles M.52 : Britain's Top Secret Supersonic Research Aircraft
Samenvatting - In December 1943, a top secret contract (E.24/43) was awarded to Miles Aircraft. The contract was to build the world's first supersonic jet capable of 1000mph. The only reliable source of data on supersonic objects came from the Armament Research Dept and their wind tunnel tests on ammunition.
From this, Miles developed an exceptionally thin-winged bullet shaped aircraft. The research was inexplicably passed to the Americans in 1944.
By December 1945, one prototype was virtually complete. The second, destined for an attempt at the sound barrier was 80 per cent complete. In February 1946, Capt Eric Brown was confirmed as the test pilot and October 1946 was set for the supersonic trials.
However, on 12 February 1946, Miles were ordered to stop production. No plausible explanation was given for the cancellation when Britain was within six months of breaking the sound barrier.
Eric Brown and others directly involved including Dennis Bancroft, the Chief Aerodynamicist on the M.52, have come together to try and finally solve the mystery behind the cancellation.
|Uitgever:||The History Press Ltd (GB, 2012)|
|Auteur:||Captain Eric Brown|
|Uitvoering:||224 blz, 23.2 x 17.5 x 2.3 cm, harde kaft|
|Staat:||nieuw boek (papier)|
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Laatste update: 17-01-2019