British Experimental Combat Aircraft of World War II
Prototypes, Research Aircraft, and Failed Production DesignsBook - 2012
The rapid development of airplanes during the six years of WWII led to many successes but also many failed experiments and projects abandoned for one reason or another. This book details less-known prototypes and never-used experimental aircraft developed during the ten-year period before, during, and after WWII in Britain. The book concentrates on fighter and bomber developments or powered research aircraft. For each aircraft covered, there are details on development, technical specifications, and why it was not used. The book is illustrated with b&w and some color photos on every page. Buttler is an aviation historian with an industrial background in testing airframe and engine components. The book is distributed by Specialty Press. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This new book by Tony Buttler, a first of its kind, describes the British fighter, bomber, and research aircraft produced in the run up to and during World War II.
Detailed coverage of aircraft that were built and flown as prototypes only, combine with others such as the Westland Welkin which entered production but never reached a squadron. Un-built design projects are explained and all types are covered separately, along with a large selection of photographs, some of which have rarely been seen before.
This book covers basic short-term insurance fighters such as the Miles M.20, the Martin-Baker M.B.5, and Supermarine Spitfire, which represented the ultimate in piston fighter development, the Fairey Spearfish torpedo bomber and the four engine Vickers Windsor, oddities like the Blackburn B.20 flying boat, and Britain's first jet aircraft, the Gloster E.28/39.
A comprehensive appendix, with the use of photographs and brief details, examines one-off examples of standard production types that were fitted with non-standard features.
Gathered from archival sources, renowned author Tony Buttler presents a wealth of information on these historic aircraft.