If the Vickers Valiants had been transfered from strike to tankers earlier could the fatigue problems have been avoided.
Their strike role could have been taken on by Vulcan or Victor B1s.
With the Valiants serving into the 1970s the Victors could have continued in the recce and conventional...
I suspect I originally saw this here, but I can't find it now. There was a proposal to launch Blue Steel at very low altitudes by dragging it behind the launch aircraft on a cable. Does anyone have a pointer to material on this?
"The B1.39 spec was to carry 9,000lb over 2,500miles cruising at least 280mph. Maximum bomb load was to be 10,000lb and some could be carried externally if necessary. Provision was made to stow 20 x 250lb or 500lb...
Couldn't find a thread appropriate so here goes:
Blue Steel MkII full-scale mock up fitted with wing-tip-mounted Bristol Siddeley ramjets:
Blue Steel Viper variant full-scale mock up:
Couldn't find a thread on this so here goes:
In March 1938 the Air Staff put together a paper that described an ideal bomber, and then a few months later specification B.19/38 was produced which indicated that the bomber would have a strong defensive armament of eight 20mm “shell-firing gun”...
The V-bomber fleet spent most of its life with relatively primitive avionics for the age, as far as I can tell only two major(ish) changes were ever made, the first was the addition of the ARI 5959 (General Dynamics AN/APN-170) J-band terrain following radar, however this came with restrictions-...
We may need a thread dedicated to Armstrong Whitworth aircraft. Here is the AW drawing for Armstrong Whitworth B.1/39. Drawing date is 3/6/39. Dwg No. is AW9186? (last number is cut off in this photo)
I have also added a favorite detail image, showing the location of twelve large bombs.
* I had...
I am looking for drawing (3-view.... etc......) of the proposed improved developments of the basic Short Stirling heavy bomber which Short studied and submitted to the British Air Ministry.
They were the S.34 design
(In an effort to meet requirement B.1/39. It would have been...
From Stephen Flower's 'Barnes Wallis' Bombs, Tallboy, Dambuster and Grand Slam' - Page 20
'Wallis was not the only designer to advocate larger aircraft, for Rex Pierson also proposed a six-engined bomber with a twenty-ton bomb load'
Does anyone have any idea what design that would be?
we know the the Supermarine company submitted to the British
Specification B12/36 for four engined heavy bomber,the Types 316,
317 & 318.