In war there is no substitute for victory
- Feb 26, 2015
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In a topic in the "early projects" section, I've seen a reference to a R-2000 Italian turboprop of WW2 vintage. That mention arouse in me a question: why Italy was the first to actively research some kind of jet engine but at the same time the only great power apparently not having some research on gas turbines? It's because they invested hard in the dead end motorjet technology or some studies actually existed but are unreported? I know of the critical shortage of the required metals but having perhaps the largest and most modern prewar aero research center, that of Guidonia Montecelio, spending a vast amount of money to purse record planes, even at the expense of operational ones, and not coming at least with some appreciation of the technical possibility to built a turbojet seems quite strange.