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Hopefully the transatlantic post is speedy.

Thanks to everyone who has purchased so far, and its very pleasing to get feedback. I've met people with additional information on the subject already  through publishing it, so nothing is ever definitive, but its nice to have delivered it nonetheless. Pulishing is like so many cancelled aircraft projects - "the best" is the enemy of "good enough".
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: Hawker P.1103 and P.1121: Camm's Last Fighter Projects
« Last post by Sundog on November 11, 2015, 05:59:33 pm »
Ordered. Waiting is the hardest part. But it's something to look forward to as well. :)
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: Hawker P.1103 and P.1121: Camm's Last Fighter Projects
« Last post by PMN1 on November 11, 2015, 02:55:50 pm »
Got my copy today.....reduced work output tomorrow..
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Meet the twins - no fancy backdrop Daleks here though I'm afraid, or Lara Croft. Great book(s) - Camm appears to have been a supplier of fantastic quotes, among other things.



Yes, there are more than I could use. Here's Ralph Hooper's favourite 25.

1. "Those at the back cried forward and those at the front cried back." A comment on indecision, usually by Ministries, and a quotation from Horatius on the bridge over the Tiber.

2. "There's only one way to do a job and that's as quickly as you can!" Urging the troops to hasten.

3. "The race is to the swift." A quotation, I believe; purpose as (2).

4. "They can't see our arses for dust." Reference to our competitors.

5. "I am never wrong except when persuaded against my better judgement!" Boasting; sometimes with an element of humour.

6. "It looks like mother done it!" An unfavourable comment on a component or a whole aeroplane.

7. "It looks like mother done it - all pots and pans." A very unfavourable comment on a component or whole aeroplane.

8. "We could design bombers but they couldn't design fighters!" A reference to any of our competitors.

9. "I'm only interested in designing fighters, there's no finesse in anything else." An opinion.

10. "I don't suffer fools gladly - and heaven save me from the share pushers and costicians of this world!" A reference to the commercial and accountancy functions.

11. "When you have designed aeroplanes as long as I have you can see the airflow." Boasting  again.

12. "All my aeroplanes are pilots' aeroplanes, but then all my pilots are designer's pilots." Wish it was that simple.

13. "There's no such thing as a good aircraft engine." Opening gambit to keep 'powerplanters'  in their place.

14. "Complication is ruination!" Other things being equal, few would disagree.

15. "Yesterday I told you to do that; today I'm telling you to do this; and tomorrow I'll tell you to do something else!!" Assertion of the Chief Designer's absolute right to change his mind.

16. "I hope you're working with a proper sense of guilt and shame!" Widely used internally or externally at times when the industry was under criticism by the Government and/or the Press.

17. "Just another bloody Drawing Office aeroplane." Great encouragement for the staff faced with a new prototype about to fly! (If it turned out all right then such remarks would soon be forgotten.)

18. "Every mod. begets a mod." General comment on the tendency for hastily introduced modifications to introduce problems of their own.

19. "You've got to have an 'eye for a line'." An aeroplane should look good.

20. "We've got to 'strike a line'!" Sometimes similar to (19) but also meaning "we've got to find a way ahead' - usually in unclear circumstances.

21. "The evil Air Marshalls...!" Any members of the Air Board who were failing to favour his products.

22. "He's only a journeyman draughtsman!" Don't expect too much from him.

23. "He's only an old sweat!" Don't expect anything from him.

24. "The Navy always treats us as though we were gentlemen!" Occasional approval of the Dark Blues.

25. "Life is real and life is earnest!" A general admonition to greater effort.

26. "Every day's an 'oliday 'ere!" They are still not working hard enough!

27. "We've tried efficiency - and that doesn't work!" A lack of respect for his fellow directors' latest enthusiasm.
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Love it. I especially enjoyed the depth you went into about weapons and radars, I wan't expecting that and it was a very pleasant surprise, especially the radar stuff which is more informative than anything I have seen about UK AI radar in this time-frame.

The little I could find on 'AI 24' surprised an  ex-RRE (Royal Radar Establishment) man who came up to me at Telford and told me he has a brochure on this and had never seen a mention of it anywhere. Hopefully should be getting some more info on that soon :)
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: Hawker P.1103 and P.1121: Camm's Last Fighter Projects
« Last post by newsdeskdan on November 10, 2015, 11:57:28 am »
Orders received by 1600Z have been posted first class, hopefully arrive tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who ordered.

Chris

Astonishingly swift delivery - thank you Mr Gibson!
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Meet the twins - no fancy backdrop Daleks here though I'm afraid, or Lara Croft. Great book(s) - Camm appears to have been a supplier of fantastic quotes, among other things.

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Love it. I especially enjoyed the depth you went into about weapons and radars, I wan't expecting that and it was a very pleasant surprise, especially the radar stuff which is more informative than anything I have seen about UK AI radar in this time-frame.
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By the way, feel free to say if you liked it or not :) There are a lot more drawings to be uploaded once I get time to prepare them.
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Nice one Mr Bond. Maybe the best picture should win a bonus.
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