New Miles M.52 book by Tony Buttler OUT NOW!

fightingirish

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Geist said:
I'm not so sure, but I think I mentioned a fifth work I did for Crecy besides the other covers shown here.
At the time I could not show this new work.
Here it is. I hope you enjoy it
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Miles M.52
Britain’s Top Secret Supersonic Research Aircraft

Author: Tony Buttler
RRP: £24.95

As early as 1943 it became apparent that supersonic flight might be an achievable goal – but not for the propeller-driven aircraft of the day. Spurred on by secret intelligence of a German supersonic long-range bomber project, work began on a British secret research aircraft that would potentially be the first manned aircraft to break through the ‘sound barrier’. Although Miles Aircraft were best known for producing light aircraft and basic trainers, their design team quickly rose to the challenge with a range of ground breaking innovations in airframe design and construction, flying controls, advanced materials and pilot escape systems. The jet engine, designed by Frank Whittle, was also revolutionary, including an early form of ‘re-heat’ technology. By 1946 the project was about 90% complete with major technology and design features having been flight-tested on test-bed aircraft. Furthermore, on Government orders American personnel had been given complete access to the project, well before the Bell X-1 flew. What happened next has been mired in controversy, conspiracy theories and rumours to this day. Exhaustively researched and illustrated through-out with rare and previously unpublished photographs, drawings and technical data, ‘Miles M.52’ finally tells the definitive factual story of the Miles M.52 project, gives an objective account of the controversy that grew around the aircraft, and describes the M.52’s legacy to Britain’s later supersonic aircraft.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

ISBN: 9781910809044
Binding: hardback
Dimentions: 280mm x 215mm
Pages: 160
Photos/Illus: over 140 photographs & drawings
This product will be in stock on Monday 29. August, 2016.

Link: http://www.crecy.co.uk/miles-m.52
 

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That is a wonderful cover, and I am impatiently waiting for the book.

As a matter of interest does it cover any German wartime plans for attempts at supersonic flight ?
 

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According to Tony, this is now out - enjoy and please post a review here once you've read it!
 

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As a matter of interest does it cover any German wartime plans for attempts at supersonic flight ?

That plans existed? :eek:
 

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phil gollin said:
That is a wonderful cover, and I am impatiently waiting for the book.

As a matter of interest does it cover any German wartime plans for attempts at supersonic flight ?

No, apart from a brief mention that wartime espionage indicated the Germans were working on a supersonic aircraft.
 

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So, has anyone else noticed there's some text missing at the end of Chapter 3?
 

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From Tony Buttler:

Hi All.
Well spotted Hobbes. Really have no idea what happened here, but it is rather embarrassing. Fortunately, what is missing is just a line or so and it is not critical. The end of the Chapter should have read:

"To close, an observation made by Bancroft. He felt that the most serious design problems for developing an aircraft to fly in the transonic range would in due course be met, and he suggested that in the next few years aircraft would be designed to fly normally below Mach 0.95 or above Mach 1.2 – a truly far sighted opinion for 1945/46!"

Sorry about this. Hope it does not spoil the book too much.
Very best wishes,
Tony.
 
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