By Warren Thompson
The USAF's first winning jet fighter, the F-80 really made a reputation for itself in strive against as a strike bomber through the Korean warfare. A capturing famous person additionally shot down the 1st MiG-15 misplaced through the crusade in what's believed to were the world's first ever jet-versus-jet engagement. learn during this quantity how the eighth and forty ninth Fighter Bomber Wings in Korea, F-80Cs accomplished an awesome 98,515, strive against sorties, shot down 37 airplane (including six MiG-15s), dropped 33,266 US a whole lot bombs and fired off 80,935 air-to-ground rockets. apart from the fighter-bomber F-80C, photo-recce RF-80A/Cs and 'hack' two-seat T-33s also are featured.
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52 story began to assume the nature of a conspiracy, and indeed one that today remains unsolved. 52. This drastic action was totally unheralded, caught everyone in the project team absolutely by surprise, particularly as the aircraft was over 90 % completed to flight status. For me this meant deep disappointment, total frustration, burning anger, and heartfelt sympathy for other members of the team. For our proud nation it meant betrayal of our leading position in highspeed flight technology. Acknowledgements I wish to acknowledge the assistance given to me in the writing of this book.
52 Dennis Bancroft is in an unique position to confirm the technical details of the plane’s innovatory design, which Miles conceived in a remarkably short time. His wife, Elizabeth, has been invaluable in searching out and assembling the relevant papers. G. and ‘Blossom’ Miles, from Jean Fostekew (Museum of Berkshire Aviation), Jim Pratt, George Miles’ son-in-law, Rod Kirkby. 24/43) – a historical perspective’ in The Aeronautical Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society is a wonderful technical assessment of the Miles’ achievement; his conclusion is that ‘Miles made an astute appraisal of the available information, and conceived a forward-looking machine, that was well fitted for its intended purpose … the most plausible estimates of available thrust and drag would indicate that sonic speed would not be exceeded in level flight, though speeds well into the supersonic range would be obtained in a dive.
4 The Supersonic Committee The Me 163A starting its take-off run at Peenemünde. This MAP committee arose out of a meeting held on 4 May 1943 to consider an intelligence report based on interrogation of a German prisoner of war. The report indicated that the Germans were developing high-speed aircraft capable of 1,000mph (1,609km/h), and it almost certainly refers to the flight of the Messerschmitt 163A third prototype on 2 October 1941, when Flugkapitän Heini Dittmar broke the 1,000km/h barrier.