posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 03:00 AM
Thats it, I can't stand by any longer!
I thought we were about denying ignorance here, not propounding fantasies?
Firstly NO propeller driven type has broken the sound barrier EVER, whether in a vertical dive or strapped on the back of a Blackbird, it has not
There is a photograph in the book 'Supermarine Aircraft Since 1912' that shows a Spitfire looking extremely battered and minus its propeller after a
'near supersonic' dive that the pilot was incredibly lucky to survive, this led indirectly to the development of the E1/44 Attacker via the Spiteful
(a laminar flow winged development of the Spitfire), none of which went supersonic either.
The effects of compressibility was recorded by pilots of all sides during the war, Spitfires, P-51's, Fw 190's et al came up against these effects
in high speed dives, but not Hurricanes, not with that airframe, its inherent drag kept it well away from the sound barrier. As they approached the
speed of sound (although they did not know it of course) the buffeting and the general effects of compressibility made the planes uncontrollable,
without exception they either recovered and slowed down or crashed, nobody went supersonic. It is entirely possible that a Meteor or Me-262 went
supersonic in a dive and it was not recorded due to it being wartime, in which case all the speculation remains just that, but the X-1 with Yeager in
it was the first supersonic flight by a man. The first jet powered aircraft to take off under its own power and go supersonic (ie practical plane) was
the DH 108 but the first official supersonic world speed record was held by an F-100 and the first speed record over 1000 mph was held by the Fairey
FD.2. Now, can we stop all this rubbish about Hurricanes and P-38's please?
[edit on 6-1-2005 by waynos]