A first of its kind, this book describes the British fighter, bomber, and research aircraft produced in the run up to and during World War II.
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