The weather presenter Sarah Keith Lucas's grandfather .
The Seamew's 'poor performance' included having handling characteristics which were so bad that it was held that the Shorts test pilot, Wally Runciman, was the only man who could fly the thing without killing himself. Until his fatal crash in the prototype in 1956...
I've heard one poor chap who flew it suggest that it flew like a small three star hotel, without the amenities and another RN veteran suggested that it must have been designed by an Admiral who felt that naval aeroplanes must look like ships and handle like them when airborne. It was bloody dangerous and its cancellation as the result of the Sandys Review is thought to be about the only good thing that came of that...
You mean if you went back to the drawing board and redesigned it from scratch!
On the upside you wouldn’t want to be in a fighter creeping up behind it and hitting a wall of hot flying metal.
Having watched the video in #971 I am warming to it. It might look like it was knocked out in a tractor factory (one with a flourishing sideline in industrial greenhouses) but in flight it has a certain ugly elegance to it.
I don’t think ground attack aircraft are meant to look attractive as function governs form.
I always thought that about the Saunders Roe jet seaplane.
I think I posted up the thread that it was the Kate Winslett of aircraft. A bit bulky but you would die happy if she sat on your face.
I had a girlfriend circa 1973 who was absolutely, genuinely beautiful but not exactly anorexic (not a Scaley Albereto blubbersaurus but at the upper end of the voluptuous spectrum). She asked me once why we rarely went out and spent all our time in bed but she really was a “moped woman” (both fun to ride but you don’t want your mates seeing you).
Sorry. Digression. Thought it was the Memorable Things From Your Formative Years thread.