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BHH, 04.12.2022 07:13

Like many weapons of WW2, this thing was conceived and built because of a feared shortage of a particular material or technology; in this case, Radar. But as this thing (and its General Aircraft near twin) was being developed, the people making radar sets were also working away feverishly. But the time these aircraft were in the air and being tested, revealing their shortcomings, Radar sets were catching up with demand and thankfully, no aircrew were ever endangered by taking these things into service.


Klaatu83, e-mail, 17.08.2012 16:02

This was essentially an early form of stealth aircraft. The function these aircraft were designed to perform would today probably be carried out by means of satellites or unmanned Aerial Vehicles.


Matt Reilley, e-mail, 26.03.2012 06:11

Having trouble locating specific information for this plane. I am wanting to know; who was the cheif designer and who all was on the design team?


J Taylor, e-mail, 06.12.2011 13:49

is this the a/c that ,it was said,actually flew backwards in a strong headwind?


David Miles, e-mail, 30.03.2010 16:21

This extraordinary aircraft was to be seen by me,flying over Portsmouth in the early 1940's. Its name was whispered in Portsmouth, because it was, reputedly, so secret. It was flying quite low - less than 1,000 feet - was very quiet, thanks to the Pobjoy engines,and flew so slowly that I thought I could overtake it on my bike ! Wrong, of course, but it did seem almost to hang in the air.




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