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Barrington Bond

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Any of these pictures unknown?!


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in the middle the M.23 fighter project


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the first and the third M.21 and M.36 aircrew trainer


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hesham said:
in the middle the M.23 fighter project

The third, near the M.23 fighter project, seems to be the M.39B Libellula
The first on the sixth line is the Fleet fighter project
Middle of the 5th row - this doesn't come to light very often - I'd have to dig to get the project number.

It was a pre war cruise 'missile'. Low cost, unpiloted aircraft carrying payload - shown.
Radio guided with decent range (ie Germany).

It was designed to an official requirement and predates the V1 substantialy.

I'm sure somebody out there can fill in the details.



ps - as a light aside how many people know that the British Admiralty held a patent on the nuclear bomb before WW2?


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Actually a 1940 cruise missile -- the Miles Hoop-la.

"In 1940, Miles Aircraft of the UK proposed an aerial torpedo they called the "Hoop-la", and constructed a mockup. The Hoop-la was a neat little high-wing aircraft built around a 450 kilogram (1,000 pound) bomb, featuring a Gipsy Major air-cooled four-cylinder inline engine, a wingspan of 4.3 meters (14 feet), and an estimated speed of over 480 KPH (300 MPH).

While the accuracy of the Hoop-la would have undoubtedly have been poor, Miles Aircraft felt that it could hit a city. Swarms of Hoop-las coming in at low altitude at night would have given German air defenses a very hard time. The British Ministry of Aircraft Production was not interested in the Hoop-la, apparently because there was still some squeamishness about general attacks on cities. If there was such squeamishness, it didn't last long, since general military bombing of cities at night became RAF Bomber Command policy in a short time, but the Hoop-la remained dead."

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