Monday, 26 May 2008

Two more from the Golden Age to identify


9 comments:

William Gruff said...

I think both were built by Shorts but the names/numbers elude me. The upper was built to enable the investigation of the low speed handling and flying characteristics of delta wings and the lower was a proposed fleet shadower that became obsolete while it was being developed, because of advances in radar etc, I think.

I expect I'm completely wrong but that's memory for you.

Gallimaufry said...

Not completely wrong at all. You're right about the purpose of the upper aircraft and I'm glad you raised the topic of the fleet shadower concept as I'll post some photos of the two prototypes built at a future date. Alas, neither picture is of a Short aircraft. But I can't remember where I left the car keys so whose got the better memory?

Gallimaufry said...

oops! ... who's got the better memory... and fewest typing errors

William Gruff said...

You're going to keep me biting my fingernails until someone more knowledgeable (than I) puts me out of my misery?

tsgt said...

The yellow aircraft is a Hunting
H126

tsgt said...

The other is a Handley Page HP.115.

Gallimaufry said...

tsgt - correct and correct. Many thanks.

William Gruff said...

Now I know. Thank you tsgt.

What was the intended purpose of the Hunting H126? Incidentally my brother used to work for Hunting.

Gallimaufry said...

The Hunting H126 was built as a proof of concept prototype to test the feasibility of internal blown flaps or boundary layer control system. jet thrust was ejected through nozzles on the trailing edge and a take of speed of 32 mph was achieved. Unfortunately, the system was a bit of a maintenance nightmare and despite being successfully used on the Buccaneer, for example, designers developed better wings and later the external blown flap.
As I recall Hunting took over Percival Aircraft. They built some nice designs like the Pembroke, Provost and JP before merging into BAC (taking the initial designs for the BAC 1-11 ). Wasn't Hunting quite a big and varied group? I rememember, for example, Hunting Surveys.