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Blog Comments posted by PenrithBeacon

  1. 46 minutes ago, pete_mcfarlane said:

    Apart from the Spitfire, Supermarine's fighters were a pretty rubbish lot. The RAF and FAA seem to have had very few 'duds' post-war, and almost all of them came from Supermarine. 

    Most of the problems the RAF and FAA had were with the early versions of the Avon; they were awful. The US wouldn't touch it with a bargepole preferring the much more reliable Sapphire for license  production. The US wouldn't finance the Hunter for export to Europe until it had got to Mk4 because of anxieties about reliability.


    Basically the RAF made a premature decision that the Avon was to be the future engine in the late forties and got it wrong and didn't have the courage to say so.

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