By Captain Eric Brown CBE DSC AFC QCUSA RN, Dennis Bancroft C.Eng MRAeS
From an aviation legend comes the single own account of the advance of the M.52 and the secret at the back of its cancelation
In December 1943, a top-secret agreement (E.24/43) used to be provided to Miles plane. The agreement used to be to construct the world's first supersonic jet in a position to 1,000 mph. the one trustworthy resource of information on supersonic items got here from the Armament study division and their wind tunnel assessments on ammunition. From this, Miles constructed an extremely thin-winged, bullet-shaped plane. The study was once inexplicably handed to the americans in 1944 and via December 1945, one prototype was once almost entire. the second one, destined for an try on the sound barrier was once eighty% entire. In February 1946, Captain Eric Brown was once proven because the try pilot and October 1946 was once set for the supersonic trials. even if, on February 12, 1946, Miles have been ordered to prevent construction. No believable clarification used to be given for the cancelation whilst Britain was once inside of six months of breaking the sound barrier. Eric Brown and others at once concerned together with Dennis Bancroft, the manager Aerodynamicist at the M.52, have now come jointly to attempt and eventually clear up the secret in the back of the cancelation.