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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.

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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.

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