By Captain Eric Brown CBE DSC AFC QCUSA RN, Dennis Bancroft C.Eng MRAeS
From an aviation legend comes the one own account of the improvement of the M.52 and the secret at the back of its cancelation
In December 1943, a top-secret agreement (E.24/43) was once provided to Miles plane. The agreement used to be to construct the world's first supersonic jet able to 1,000 mph. the single trustworthy resource of knowledge on supersonic items got here from the Armament examine division and their wind tunnel checks on ammunition. From this, Miles built an incredibly thin-winged, bullet-shaped plane. The learn was once inexplicably handed to the americans in 1944 and by means of December 1945, one prototype used to be almost whole. the second one, destined for an try on the sound barrier used to be eighty% whole. In February 1946, Captain Eric Brown was once proven because the try pilot and October 1946 was once set for the supersonic trials. in spite of the fact that, on February 12, 1946, Miles have been ordered to forestall construction. No believable rationalization was once given for the cancelation whilst Britain was once inside six months of breaking the sound barrier. Eric Brown and others without delay concerned together with Dennis Bancroft, the executive Aerodynamicist at the M.52, have now come jointly to attempt and eventually remedy the secret at the back of the cancelation.
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Tobin, who was CO of Aero Flight at RAE Farnborough where he was involved in the new programme of transonic testing. At the same time I was to learn something of the innovatory reputation acquired by Miles Aircraft Ltd,1 located at Woodley, near Reading. I had first met a Miles product when I carried out my elementary flying training in 1939 for the Fleet Air Arm on the Miles Magister, which I found a delight for such a task. This story now jumps to 21 December 1941, when I was a pilot flying Grumman Wildcat fighters aboard the escort carrier HMS Audacity, which was sunk by a German U-boat in the Bay of Biscay.
Once F. G. Miles had been slotted into this unique MAP project he wasted no time in springing into action. A fearsome challenge in the field of high-speed aerodynamics now faced the Miles team, and particularly for Dennis Bancroft, its Chief Aerodynamicist. To find the latest information on the subject a visit was made to Ronald Smelt of the Aerodynamics Department of the RAE. Dennis Bancroft now recounts the saga of the pursuit of transonic/supersonic enlightenment in Chapter 3. 11, a drawing of the projected transport.
1. A. Griffith was Head of the Engine Section of the RAE Farnborough. He was also a member of the Supersonic Committee. 5 In at the deep end The four pilots of the Aerodynamics Flight. From left to right: Sqn Ldr Tony Martindale, Sqn Ldr Jimmy Nelson, the author and Sqn Ldr Doug Weightman. When the momentous wartime year of 1944 dawned I was a test pilot at the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE), Boscombe Down. But not for long as fate stepped in and I was hurried on my way to RAE Farnborough to replace a pilot killed in the course of his test work.