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.
Experimental and cancelled project aircraft of WWII have not received the same coverage as the many iconic aircraft from the same era. These were often aircraft that, had they reached service, could have become famous in their own right, but instead have been largely overlooked and forgotten. Some of these types were simply overtaken by advances in aircraft design before they could reach production while others, such as the Martin Baker MB5 and Westland Welkin, were very capable aircraft which had the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. This book covers some 35 aircraft including Blackburn B.20, B.40, B.44 and B.48/Y.A.1, Bristol Buckingham, Folland Fo.108, 116 and 117; Hawker Hotspur, Martin Baker MB.2, MB.3 and MB.5, Short S.31, S.35, S.36 and S.38 plus many others.
Blackburn B.20, Blackburn B.48 Firecrest (SBAC - Y.A.1), Bristol Buckingham, Folland Fo 108, Gloster E.1/44, Hawker Hotspur, Martin-Baker MB 2, Martin-Baker MB 3, Martin-Baker MB 5, Short S.31 (Half-scale Stirling), Short Shetland, Supermarine Seafang, Supermarine Spiteful, Westland Welkin