posted on Sep, 21 2015 @ 04:13 AM
One of my all time heroes was the subject of an interview on, of all programmes, Antiques Roadshow last night - Roy Chadwick.
Link to BBC iPlayer - go to 13:40
For anyone not sure who Chadwick was -
Roy Chadwick designed what are arguably the two most iconic British bombers, the Avro Lancaster and the Avro Vulcan (he led the Vulcan team). The
Lancaster helped us win the second world war, the Vulcan helped us win the Falklands.
Chadwick went to Avro in 1919 and was their chief designer until 1947, when he died in a testing accident due to crossed aileron wires! During WWII
Chadwick was asked to design a long range bomber large enough to carry the atom bomb.
On last night's show Chadwick's daughter brought in some old newspaper pages and notepad pages covered in sketches from before and during the second
world war. They show flying wings, blended wing body airliners and some calculations scribbled all over the pages.
Roy Chadwick was a true aviation genius, he would have counted Jack Northrop amongst his peers, perhaps they discussed the bwb airframes and planforms
that led to Northrops early YB-49 and those that we see today in the B-2 and LRSB.
I'm not sure if the iPlayer can be viewed abroad, so I've grabbed the following photos for you all, enjoy!
Roy Chawick - Legend!
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