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- Oct 28, 2006
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I'm only getting single images attaching to post..
Graham1973 said:... it's obviously a competitor for the Westland Whirlwind, but what was the specification.
Graham1973 said:Well she looks a fine bird, probably not a good dog-fighter (But then the Fighting Area Attacks didn't need one). That said she might have given the bombers a nasty surprise, provided of course, her 'little sisters' (Spitfires) could keep the BF-109's away.
Makes one wish Lucasarts had done a 'Secret Weapons of the RAF'.
Amazing!!JFC Fuller said:From the UK National Archives today- in which the entire Supermarine 327 brochure survives along with Air Ministry notes on it.
Note that total internal fuel is 220 imp gallons.
The files are clear that the armament arrangement was regarded as impractical (hard to disagree with) the pilot view was questioned (though the gunsight view was preferred compared to the Spitfire/Hurricane) and mostly importantly a large part of the decision making group thought turret fighters were the future and thus wanted no additional types beyond the Whirlwind, Tempest/Typhoon and Boulton Paul P.92 in development- which is interesting. In addition there were concerns about the design capacity at Supermarine given the number of projects they were working on and likely to bid on. There was also an offer to replace the cannon with 12 x .303 machine guns mounted in the outer wings but this was frowned upon because of likely scattering in the fire caused by wing flexing, although this does make me wonder whether additional fuel tanks could have been installed in the out wings.
Two captions in one, the lower one not relevant to the picture.From, Secrets of the Spitfire.
Primary source: British Secret Projects 3: Fighters 1935-1950 by Tony Butler, page 25 to 27 in the newer issue.