By Tony Buttler

This identify completes a trilogy overlaying the layout and improvement of British opponents and bombers from the top of the biplane period to the current day. This new quantity back emphasizes the designs that have been by no means flown. It covers plane initiatives that have been ready from the mid-1930s onwards encouraged through the transforming into hazard of one other warfare with Germany, via to a few initiatives which seemed after the struggle was once over. The latter comprises early jets comparable to the Attacker, Sea Hawk and Venom, which all flew post-war yet have been designed to wartime or instant post-war standards. one of the designs featured during this publication are fixed-gun opponents, turret opponents, twin-engine cannon combatants, mild, medium and heavy bombers, torpedo bombers and flying boats. As within the trilogy's first volumes, those designs are lined with designated descriptions and information and diverse images of versions or artists' impressions exhibiting how those designs could have appeared. in contrast to the post-war years, info of many prior unbuilt tasks were misplaced, yet thankfully info on a good number of those has survived, and this may shape the main whole checklist to be released on those attention-grabbing machines.

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18/40. The requirements were continuou ly under review and a new speci- fication was being considered in terms of night fighter technique and the possible adoption of exi ting typ s. In due course the need for a night fighter was met by the Bristol Beaufighter and the de Havilland Mosquito, both of which had r~"\{ed guns, while the key to night fighting was to be the carriage of Al radar, not turrets. 22A without turret (late 1940). et0F=~ c:o " t-~~_-~-_~. ~ Bristol Beaufighter R2274 seen during testing at Boscombe Down in May 1941 with a dorsal turret fitted.

41). 7mm) mg Bristol 147 400(122) 300 (9. 9) 19,232 (8,724) Fairey F. IOO. Alec Brew (Boulton Paul Association) During the early 1930s Britain assumed that the most likely enemy in any future war would be France and several new military aircraft were developed with this in mind. The aeroplanes most influenced by thi theory were some new bomber designs intended to replace types already in service. 9/32 although they entered service in much modified form) and the Fairey Battle light day bomber. 27/32 and by the beginning of the war was serving in quantity with the RAF.

It wa a cantilever mid-wing aircraft with outboard engines and retractable undercarriage and the tail had twin rudders and fins; the pilot was seated ahead of the mainplane. A fully retractable turret, located immediately aft of the rear main spar, housed four 20mm Hi pano cannon or, as an alternative, two 23mm Madson automatic guns. Apart from the gunner's h ad fairing, this turret was flush with the fuselage when in the 'down' position. 7 minutes to 25,000ft (7,620m). SM engines and the same centre wing, centre sections and engine installations.

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