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Vickers Type 559 (F155T) fighter

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And the last 2
 

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These pictures were taken from the brochure for the Vickers 559. They were very small in the original, they are pleasingly odd.
 

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Fascenating, stuff. Where did you get to see the brochure?
 

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The more convertional designs appear similar to the Type 799 and Type 583; Especially B3 with the multiple engines. It goes to show the research required to create something that could achieve F1/55's far reaching requirements!!
 

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A couple of my pics of the Vickers 559 model from RAF Stafford collection.
 

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overscan said:
A couple of my pics of the Vickers 559 model from RAF Stafford collection.

Arming that beast would have been quite a task! That said, it is my favourite F.155 submission - very Thunderbirds-esque.

Also, this is the first time I've seen the 559 with a Red Top missile fit - my gut feeling is that the staggered ventral carriage of the Red Dean and Red Tops would have imposed a rigid sequential pattern - Deans away before Tops.
 

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starviking said:
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A couple of my pics of the Vickers 559 model from RAF Stafford collection.

Arming that beast would have been quite a task! That said, it is my favourite F.155 submission - very Thunderbirds-esque.

Also, this is the first time I've seen the 559 with a Red Top missile fit - my gut feeling is that the staggered ventral carriage of the Red Dean and Red Tops would have imposed a rigid sequential pattern - Deans away before Tops.
That would make sense IMHO - better to first take down (some of) the bombers from a "safe" distance before having to chase either bombers or (escort?) fighters.
 

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Red Hebe's are for the head on, first pass, Red Tops for the follow up stern chase. Idea being to break up formations and get them to abandon the attack.

Thus the idea of fitting Red Hebe with a nuclear warhead, increasing lethality and making bomber formations a dangerous way to approach UK airdefences.
 

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Model of Vickers Type 559 held by RAF Museum Cosford Curator Nick Sturgess.

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http://www.warbirdsnews.com/avaition-museum-news/raf-museum-cosford-exhibits-models-cancelled-concept-aircraft.html#more-5849
 

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Triton said:
Model of Vickers Type 559 held by RAF Museum Cosford Curator Nick Sturgess.


I don't recall seeing that missile configuration on the 559 before. Certainly requires a fixed firing sequence for the missiles: the Red Tops are going last.
 

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Judging from the misalignment on the aft pylon(s) - I have to wonder if the model re-assembly is incorrect... ?
 

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The pylons are alternatives, only one pair can be used at once. This is not a real configuration.
 

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I do not understand, the idea to put the Pylons on top of Aircraft ?
 

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According to the brochure:


Best fit for conforming to Area Rule is just ahead of wing
Fuselage mounted weapons possibly lower drag than wing mounted
Little possibilty of buffet from weapon wake
 

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A brochure drawing with perplexing perspective.
 

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"Fuselage mounted weapons possibly lower drag than wing mounted"

...and less assymetric drag effects if one missle was fired. Air Staff reckoned that a Midge with tip-mounted Blue Jays would have been difficult to control unless both were fired at once. See Battle Flight Page 141

I wonder if a large store such as Red Hebe would have the same effect on a large fighter such as the Vickers 559?

Paul, any mention of this in relation to the Hawker P.1103 and tip=mounted Red Hebes?

Chris
 

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this bird is near to top of my internal buffer what to do. I hope I will do only planes from this buffer
 

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this bird is near to top of my internal buffer what to do. I hope I will do only planes from this buffer

that are two De Havilland Spectre Junior kerosene/hydrogen peroxide rocket motor, with thrust of 5,000 lbf (22 kN) each
 

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Some details for modelling purposes.
 

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Archibald said:
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Probably my favorite British might-have-been.

Seconded. Only the Saro P.187 beat it in pure brutishness.

Thirded. (Agree with your second statement as well.)
 

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Cutaway Vickers Type 559 (F155T) Fighter retouched by Motocar
 

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Motocar said:
Cutaway Vickers Type 559 (F155T) Fighter retouched by Motocar

What happened to the Vickers Type 559? Was it too advanced for its time or did it suffer a similar fate like the TSR-2? Either way it is a stunning aircraft.
 

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Detail from another brochure pic...

 

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It seems an awful lot of aircraft to carry just two missiles.
 

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andy_d said:
It seems an awful lot of aircraft to carry just two missiles.

YF-12 or F-108 would have only carried 3. Back then though they had more airplanes. 12 planes with 2 missiles each vs 2 planes with 12 missiles. Probably figured by the time they reached the bombers they'd only have enough gas to go after one of them anyway.
 

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Hopefully not too much off topic - the F155T designs were obviously intended for similar performance to the Lightning, but with greater range. Was this because, even before the Lightning entered service, its range was recognised as being inadequate for interceptions over the North Sea? Bill Gunston said that the first Lightnings had about enough fuel "to defend one English county."
 

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