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Roland Beamont references, articles and publications

Image of Flying to the Limit: Reminiscences of Air Combat, Test Flying and the Aircraft Industry

Flying to the Limit: Reminiscences of Air Combat, Test Flying and the Aircraft Industry

Roland Beamont

The story of Beamont who flew a Hurricane in the Battles of France and Britain, and then became a test pilot of Typhoon and Tempest aircraft. After the war he worked as a professional test pilot, carrying out the development flying of the Canberra bomber, the Lightening fighter and the controversial TSR2 supersonic bomber. The book includes first-hand accounts of combat flying in the Second World War; insights into the problems encountered during the test flying of piston and jet combat aircraft, and how they were resolved; and descriptions of the first flights of some of Britain's best-known and most popular military aircraft, including the Canberra and Lightening.

Roland Beamont - One of Britains best-known test pilots tells his own story, from his first flight in the 1930's through participation in the Battles of Britain and France flying in a Hurricane, to test flying Lightening Supersonic fighters, Canberra jet bombers and the controversial and highly advances supersonic bomber - the TSR.2

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Tangmere Summer

Volume 21, Issue 08, 1993, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont begins a three-part account of his time with the Central Fighter Establishment's Tactics Branch in 1945

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West Riding Squadron

Number 207, October 1998, Flypast magazine

Roland Beamont

Wing Commander Roland Beamont (CBE, DSO and Bar, DFC and Barm US/DFC) was CO of 609 (West Riding) Squadron at a period in World War Two when the new and still unreliable Hawker Typhoons began to show great potential as ground-attack fighters

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empest Summer

Volume 20, Issue 12, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

In Part Seven of his recollections of leading the RAF's first Hawker Tempest V wing into action in the summer of 1944', Roland Beamont recalls victories against Fw 190s over Holland

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BEE

Number 247, February 2002, Flypast magazine

Nigel Price , Roland Beamont

Nigel Price pays pictorial tribute to Roland Bee Beamonts career as a jet test pilot.

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My Part of the Sky

Roland Beamont

These narrative diaries from World War II were written by Roland Beamont who served with fighter squadrons from 1939 at the age of 19. Three "tours" of fighter operations included: Hurricane daytime air defence in France in the Battle of Britain in 1940; night-fighting defence of Bristol, Cardiff and Plymouth in 1941; typhoon ground attack operations over the Channel and Low Countries in 1942-3; tempest operations throughout the "D" Day period in 1944 and subsequently defence against V1 flying bomb attacks. In September 1944, Beamont was moved to Volkel, the most advanced base of the RAF's 2nd Tactical Air Force in Holland and on 13th October 1944 became a prisoner of war. The last part of the diaries was written in Luckenwalde PoW camp near Potsdam in 1945 as the Allied forces made their final drive across Germany to victory.

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The Years Flew Past

Roland Beamont

Bee Beamont has deservedly won the reputation of being one of Britain's greatest pilots. This book includes his reminiscences and observations of forty years flying at the leading edge of high-speed flight. At the age of twenty-two Bee commanded No 609 Squadron equipped with the Hawker Typhoon. In 1944 he formed No 150 Wing, equipped with the Hawker Tempest fighter. In the final months of WWII a new design team was set up at English Electric to create the first British jet bomber. Bee, as Chief Test Pilot, was the first man to fly the Canberra through all stages of its development. Then Britain's first and only supersonic fighter, the Lightening, appeared on the scene. Bee soon found himself at Mach 2 exploring the boundaries of space. This book also includes some of his remarkable experiences test-flying the TSr 2. From 1965 to 1978, Bee became heavily involved with the design, manufacture and introduction of the Panavia Tornado.

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Doodlebug Summer

Volume 30, Issue 05, 2002, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Extracts from a forthcoming TV interview about tackling the V1 flying-bomb threat, recorded with the late Wg Cdr Roland Beamont a few months before he died last year

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Royal Occasion

Volume 29, Issue 10, 2001, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont, former chief test pilot of English Electric, recounts how he was sent to Jordan in 1965 to fly a Lightning for King Hussein

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One Of The Few

Volume 28, Issue 09, 2000, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Bill O'Sullivan , Glenn Sands , John Golley , Roland Beamont

Surviving Battle of Britain veteran Wg Cdr Roland Beamont CBE DSO* DFC* is profiled by Bill O'Sullivan, John Golley and Glenn Sands

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Beyond The Buffet

Volume 25, Issue 11, 1997, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Fifty years on from Chuck Yeager's historic attainment of the speed of sound in level flight, Roland Beamont recalls early encounters with compressibility — the aerodynamic effect experienced close to the "Sound Barrier"

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Hurricane testing

Volume 22, Issue 02, 1994, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

In which Roland Beamont recalls wartime Hurricane production flight testing at Hawker's Langley factory

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Hurricane baptism

Volume 22, Issue 01, 1994, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont recalls his very first sortie in the type and assesses the Hurricane's combat performance

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Tangmere Summer

Volume 21, Issue 09, 1993, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont recalls testing the P-51 D and the Bf 109 with the CFE's Tactics Branch in 1945

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Tempest Summer

Volume 21, Issue 01, 1993, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont concludes his eight-part account of leading the RAF's first Hawker Tempest V wing into action in the summer of 1944

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Tempest Summer

Volume 20, Issue 11, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Part 6 Roland Beamont recounts an attack on a V2 rocket site, and No 150 Tempest Wing's move to an advanced base in Holland

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Tempest Summer

Volume 20, Issue 10, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont recalls long-range bomber escort duties in the fifth part of his recollections of leading the RAF's first Hawker Tempest V wing into action over Europe in 1944

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Tempest Summer

Volume 20, Issue 09, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Part 4 Roland Beamont recounts Hawker Tempest attacks against V1 flying bombs and German radar

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Tempest Summer -part 3

Volume 20, Issue 08, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont recalls Hawker Tempest operations in support of the D-Day invasion

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Tempest Summer -part 2

Volume 20, Issue 07, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont continues his recollections of leading the RAF's first Tempest V wing into action in 1944

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Tempest Summer

Volume 20, Issue 06, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Part 1 Roland Beamont opens his account of leading the RAF's first wing of Tempest Vs into action during the summer of 1944

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1,000m.p.h. inthe P.1

Volume 20, Issue 02, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Former English Electric chief'test pilot Roland Beamont recalls reaching the magic figure in the precursor of the Lightning interceptor

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Spinning the P.1

Volume 20, Issue 01, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Former English Electric chief test pilot Roland Beamont recounts an unexpected event during the testing of the P. 1A, the precursor of the Lightning interceptor

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Atlantic double

Volume 18, Issue 07, 1990, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Former English Electric Company chief test pilot Roland Beamont recalls an early Canberra test operation which created a famous world record

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A flash of silver -part 5

Volume 16, Issue 12, 1988, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

In the fifth and final part of his series, former English Electric company chief test pilot Roland Beamont recalls both success and frustration-taking British aviation from Mach 1 to Mach 2 in just over 4yr, only to see the government of the day curtail further development of the Lightning before its full potential was realised

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A flash of silver -part 4

Volume 16, Issue 11, 1988, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Former English Electric company chief test pilot Roland Beamont recalls-with the aid of original test reports-taking the Rolls-Royce engined P.1B prototype for its maiden flight

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A flash of silver -part 3

Volume 16, Issue 10, 1988, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

In which former English Electric chief test pilot Roland Beamont recalls flying the P.1A to the limits of its performance in the final stage of its main flight test programme

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A flash of silver -part 2

Volume 16, Issue 09, 1988, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

With the initial flight testing of the first P. 1 prototype successfully completed, it was time to give RAF test pilots their first chance to fly the new interceptor. Former English Electric chief test pilot Roland Beamont takes up the story

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A flash of silver -part 1

Volume 16, Issue 08, 1988, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

In the year of the Lightning's retirement, former English Electric chief test pilot Roland Beamont looks back at his test-flying of the prototypes

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Testing the early American jets

Volume 16, Issue 02, 1988, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont concludes his recollections of test-flying second-generation jet fighters in the Fifties by describing the F-106 Delta Dart

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Testing the American jets-the second generation

Volume 15, Issue 12, 1987, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

In the last three issues Roland Beamont recalled test-flying early American military lets in 1948. This month he begins an account of his return visit to the USA 10yr later, to fly a new generation of supersonic fighters

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Testing the ultimate bomber -part 3

Volume 14, Issue 01, 1986, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

The TSR.2 programme was cancelled 20 years ago at the high point of its success. Roland Beamont. former chief military test pilot for BAC, concludes his three-part account of the prototype's test programme

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Testing the ultimate bomber: Part 2

Volume 13, Issue 12, 1985, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

The TSR.2 programme was cancelled 20 years ago at the high point of its success. Roland Beamont, former chief military test pilot of BAC, continues his account of the prototype's test programme with Part Two, in which he takes the aircraft on its maiden flight and, later, has to attempt a "tiptoe" landing because of an undercarriage malfunction

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Testing the ultimate bomber -part 1

Volume 13, Issue 11, 1985, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

The TSR. 2 programme was cancelled 20yr ago at the high point of its success. Roland Beamont, former chief test pilot of BAC, describes the prototype's test programme from its earliest ground trials to its untimely end

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Hurricanes at night -part 2

Volume 13, Issue 09, 1985, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Wg Cdr Roland Beamont concludes his recollections of 87 Squadron's night operations on Hurricanes from Exeter and the Scilly Isles during 1940-41

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Hurricanes at night

Volume 13, Issue 08, 1985, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Wg Cdr Roland Beamont recalls 87 Squadron's night operations on Hurricanes from Exeter and the Scilly Isles during 1940-41

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Sing a song of shock-stall -part 2

Volume 13, Issue 02, 1985, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Last month Roland Beamont described compressibility Trials in the Gloster Meteor in 1946. He now concludes his article with how, as chief test pilot of English Electric in 1947. he used his experience in preparation both for the Canberra programme and for a projected future RAF fighter

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Sing a song of shock stall

Volume 13, Issue 01, 1985, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

During the period 1943-48 Roland Beamont flew more than 160 compressibility dives in assessing the limits of controllability in Typhoons, Tempests, Meteors and Vampires, and in this two-part article he describes how compressibility was found to inhibit the 1946 Meteor world's speed record trials

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Showing off the Canberra: Part 2

Volume 12, Issue 03, 1984, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Lst month Wg Cdr Roland Beamont, ex-Chief Test Pilot of English Electric, described his test flying and airshow demonstrations of the prototype Canberra in the Fifties. This month he concludes his two-part article with an account of demonstrating later variants of the aircraft

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Showing off the Canberra -part 1

Volume 12, Issue 02, 1984, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Wg Cdr Roland Beamont relives his first Farnborough demonstration of the prototype Canberra in September 1949

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Typhoon Trials-Part 2

Volume 11, Issue 09, 1983, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Following opportunities to fly the Tornado prototypes and early Typhoons for Hawkers at Langley, Wg Cdr Roland Beamont was posted back to operations on one of the first Typhoon squadrons. In the second half of his article the author recalls night flying trials of the Typhoon, and the type's operation by 609 Sqn under his command

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Typhoon Trials-Part 1

Volume 11, Issue 08, 1983, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

After a tour on Hurricanes in the Battles of France and Britain Wg Cdr Roland Beamont received a "rest period" posting to Hawkers at Langley for Hurricane production test flying. Opportunities were taken to fly the Tornado prototype and early Typhoons, and this experience led to a posting back to operations in one of the first Typhoon squadrons

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Testing the Tempest- Part 2

Volume 11, Issue 06, 1983, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Wg Cdr Roland Beamont concludes his account of testing Tempests for Hawker's experimental department at Langley

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Test flying the Tempest Part 1

Volume 11, Issue 05, 1983, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Roland Beamont recalls how he was called in by Hawkers to iron out a few problems with the Hawker Tempest

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Taking the Lightning to Mach 2

Volume 11, Issue 01, 1983, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Ex BAC chief test pilot Roland Beamont recalls how he flew the Lightning at twice the speed of sound

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Testing TSR-2 - Part 2

Volume 10, Issue 05, 1982, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Ex-BAC chief test pilot Roland Beamont concludes his account of the ill-fated bomber's initial test flights

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Testing TSR-2

Volume 10, Issue 04, 1982, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Roland Beamont

Detailed account, with original flight reports, of the first test flights of the ill-fated BAC bomber by the aircraft's test pilot, Roland Beamont

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