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Fairey Firefly dual power

By 1943 Fairey engineers were trying to improve the Firefly's performance. They considered alternative powerplants as Bristol Centaurus XII or Rolls-Royce X45 Penine and even the combination of Piston/Jet engine. The jet was to be located in place of the observer's position, making the aircraft a single seater.

Source: Fairey Firefly by W. Harrison. Airlife. ISBN 1 85310 196 6


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This is excellent !
Not even in British Secret Projects - Fighters...
Great Find.
I have found a very interesting collection of early jets on Soviet Secret Projects: Fighters

Pre 1945 designs included:

KhAI-2 (1937)
Gudkov Gu-VRD (1943)
Lavochkin La-VRD (1944)
3 years ago, in collaboration with Lark, we tryed to produce a Hawker P1035 drawing based on all the information available. This is the profile


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High quality early British jet fighters can be found on "Interceptor" by James Goulding (Ian Allan publishing). ISBN 0-7110-1583-X. It is a very fine book.

Gloster Boosted Fighter
Gloster E5/42
Gloster F9/40 original armament layout
Gloster E1/44
Supermarine E10/44
Hi Pometablava,

can you identify the type number to the Supermarine E10/44.

Supermarine E10/44 type number is 392. Described as a Jet Propelled Aircraft based on "Spitefull" to meet OR.182. A naval variant was planned under E1/45 but latter cancelled. The type actually flown under prototype form but the pre-production form (illustrated in James Goulding book) never left the drawing board. This model is the ancestor of the Supermarine Attacker which inherited the same type number.


Supermarine Attacker, Swift and Scimitar. Philip Birtles. Ian Allan.

The British Aircraft Apecifications File
Air Britain Publication

British Secret Projects: Fighters & Bombers 1935-45. Tony Buttler. Midland

Interceptor. James Goulding. Ian Allan
All of you might be familiar with the Lockheed L-133 Starjet, the first US design for a jet fighter. More info on this design exists at the following links:

There is a thread on the L-133 already.

More on topic. O'hain mentions quite a bit of research into turbojets that was done in Sweden during the 20s and 30s. Does anyone know if these paper engine studies ever produced paper aircraft studies?
Yes I do, why? I can't recall him ever mentioning aircraft designs to go along with the engines in that or some of the things he wrote.

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