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Very interesting. I wonder, was it very careful wording by the announcer that he was the Englishman who had flown the most types of aircraft in th world so as not to mention the Scotsman who had flown more, or was Winkle Brown to pass Twist's record later in his career.
@Archimedes should know, but Twiss spent more of his war career on Operations and at the FIU than Winkle, his didn't get into the Test Pilot Game till '44, by which time there wasn't much chance of him catching up with Winkle on number of types flown
 
The attrictive Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft AW55 Apollo was designed to compete in the same market as the Vickers Viscount. Only two prototypes were built and the design was handicapped by the choice of the engine, the Armstrong Siddeley Mamba, that was unreliable and well down on the promised power.

AW-Apollo.jpg
 
The attrictive Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft AW55 Apollo was designed to compete in the same market as the Vickers Viscount. Only two prototypes were built and the design was handicapped by the choice of the engine, the Armstrong Siddeley Mamba, that was unreliable and well down on the promised power.

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My first thought, before reading your comment, was that those engines look seriously puny.
 
All modern jet engines are axial flow I believe. Maybe they got it wrong in the early days.
My understanding is that early engines such as the Dart (used on the Viscount) tended to have centrifugal compressors and were easier to get right. The Dart had a diameter of 37.9" and the Mamba 33" according to Wiki.

If I have this wrong then I'm sure someone will be along to correct me shortly and my apologies.
 
How about some ‘Messerschmitt Monday’ aeronautical porn?!

bf109...

...bf110...

...Me410...

...Me262...

...Me163...

Regards,
MM
 
Every day is an education... I assumed they were all the same.. how do you know it is RC? I assume there must be a version for the C of E as well.. what about non conformist like Methodists?
 
Every day is an education... I assumed they were all the same.. how do you know it is RC? I assume there must be a version for the C of E as well.. what about non conformist like Methodists?
1. The prop is too small
2. The pilot is just wrong, wrong, wrong
3. The non-retracted tailwheel
4. The rudder control rod
 
CTD.. I was just trying to make some humour out of mistaking 'Radio Controlled' for 'Roman Catholic' - failed miserably, I will return to my day job.
 
The attrictive Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft AW55 Apollo was designed to compete in the same market as the Vickers Viscount. Only two prototypes were built and the design was handicapped by the choice of the engine, the Armstrong Siddeley Mamba, that was unreliable and well down on the promised power.

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It’s a weird looking thing, inboard engines have 4 bladed props, outboard have 3. What was the thinking behind that. The tail looks a bit “French”

RP.
 
1. The prop is too small
2. The pilot is just wrong, wrong, wrong
3. The non-retracted tailwheel
4. The rudder control rod
Plus the rather large 'MotionRC' watermark on the pic! :)

Regards,
MM
 
Plus the rather large 'MotionRC' watermark on the pic! :)

Regards,
MM
Spot the ISR expert at work...

The Mamba was once described as 'a good engine in search of a good aeroplane'; the Apollo was a cracking demonstration of the adage that a new engine shouldn't be chosen to power a brand new aircraft. Various teething troubles with the Mamba's high pressure stages led to it being down on power; redesigned it and created an engine which worked as planned, but the Apollo programme had gone west by that point. The engine then had the misfortune to be put in the Seamew - the aircraft for which the line 'access to the cockpit is difficult: it should be made impossible' line was most probably written, because it was an utter b*****d to fly, and only the Shorts test pilot could manage it (until it killed him) - and when that was cancelled, there wasn't another aircraft for it. In Double Mamba form, of course, it powered the Fairey Gannet...
 

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