Lately been reading a bit about Britain's post war aircraft industry - sad bastard, I know - and the aircraft they produced. Aside from being rather depressing in parts its thrown up some classic examples of military procurement mysteries, one glaring example being the Bristol Belvedere. Having a quick poke around the Internet the majority of people seem to be of the opinion that it was fairly crap both in design and operation although there seems to be a minority that say it was well liked by users and actually pretty good. Doubt we have any resident members that were active back then but people are fairly knowledgeable and well read so thought I'd ask what it was really like? The Navy seems to of turned their noses up at it right off the bat and the RAF seem to of gotten rid of it fairly sharpish as well. Just looking at it in comparison to the Americans CH-47 Chinook which first flew and was introduced on a year or two later it certainly seems to come off a very distant second. If it was as bad as some people make out how did Britol manage to bugger things up so well? Stories of fires when starting the thing via AVPIN or having to use a pole with a nail through it seem common but I wonder how apocryphal they are, what with ex-service members never being known to tell a tall tale or two.