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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: RAY1990
No, when I said it's as different as a Model T was to a Corvette, I meant that literally. All the pilots, including the UK pilots say that it's a dream to fly, and easy as pie too, especially compared to the Harrier. Their first time landing on the Wasp they said they were shocked, because they could put the nose gear within a foot of their aim point, compared to the 8 or 9 feet the Harrier used. And it was stable as could be, while being almost hands off.
In 1957, the Bristol Engine Company informed Sydney Camm of Hawker that they had a project to combine their Olympus and Orpheus jet engines to produce a directable fan jet. The original idea on which the engine, named Pegasus,[note 1] was based came from Michel Wibault, a French aviation consultant. Several adaptions and enhancements were made by Bristol to reduce size and weight over Wibault's original concept. Hawker took the planned Pegasus engine as a basis for a plane that could meet the current NATO specification for a Light Tactical Support Fighter. Prior to the P.1127 project, Hawker Aviation had been working on a replacement for the Hawker Hunter—the Hawker P.1121. However, the P.1121 was cancelled shortly after the 1957 Defence White Paper, which advocated a policy shift away from manned aircraft and towards missiles.
By the end of 1958, barely eighteen months after the start of the project, all the main features of the P.1127 were developed with one exception, the reaction control system - this was resolved by April 1959. As the P.1127 had been developed at a time of deep UK defense cuts, Hawker had to seek commercial funding, and significant engine development funding came from the U.S. Wind tunnel tests conducted by NASA Langley Research Center using a sub-scale model showed acceptable flight characteristics. Hawker test pilot Hugh Merewether went to the U.S. at NASA's request to fly the Bell X-14. In March 1959, the company's board of directors (Hawker Siddeley then) decided to privately fund two P.1127 prototypes. In late 1959 the British Ministry of Supply contracted for two P.1127 prototypes.