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The 1952 Carrier, for the reasons outlined above. In a pinch the CVA01.
I would also choose the Miles M52. The morale and prestige from from being not only the first nation to break the sound barrier, but not having to get a lift or use rockets to do it would have been massive. Might have averted the neglect of aeronautical research after the war.
On the commercial front, proceeding with the Medway-powered Airco 121 rather than the insipid Spey-powered HS Trident could have provided some competition for Boeing. And I use "Airco" to demonstrate another problem which plagued the aerospace industry: the awful government-mandated structural-reorganisation plans whose focus was the structure - not succesful products delivered by industry.