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Sea Furies served extensively in the Korean War, operating from Royal Navy carriers HMS Glory, HMS Ocean and HMS Theseus, and Australian carrier HMAS Sydney. They usually paired with Fairey Fireflies for ground attack missions. The Sea Fury excelled in this role, often proving superior to the enemy’s modern jets. For example, on August 9, 1952, Royal Navy Lieutenant “Hoagy” Carmichael, flying a Sea Fury of HMS Ocean’s 802 Squadron, shot down a Soviet-built North Korean Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 15, marking the first such kill by a piston-engined fighter, and the only air-to-air kill by a British pilot flying a British aircraft in the Korean War.
6 BAC TSR 2 - Yes, only one of these was ever flown, but that was not the fault of the aircraft. A mach 2.5 (mach 3 depending on engine development) long range strike bomber this aircraft was the most advanced in the world by a mile when it flew in 1965,
5:30am, 21 September, 1964
Al White and Colonel Joe Cotton begin their pre-flight inspection of the Valkyrie. Today's plan isn't a taxi test, or an engine run-up. White and Cotton will lift the XB-70, the heaviest plane ever built, into the skies above the Mojave Desert and fly from North American's Palmdale ("Plant 42") facility to Edwards Air Force Base, the Air Force's Flight Test Center (AFFTC).
October 14th, 1965.
"On this flight the XB-70 proved its capability of attaining Mach 3 at 70,000 feet!" -- Al White's summary in the pilot's report for Flight 1-17.
Originally posted by mark_interrupted
What about the Hawker Hunter. A great fighter if there ever was one.
Originally posted by waynos
Regarding the XB-70, of course you have a point, but I maintain that the TSR 2 was the most advanced overall, Of course as an airframe design the XB-70 was more adventurous and advanced but with the TSR 2 it was the overall package and it was the most sophisticated and integrated systems package ever attempted at thqat date, mostly stuff that the XB-70 did not need of course, like automatic terrain following and bomb aiming computers, things that are in use today in much more modern form of course but the TSR 2 was the first to incorporate them, also the airframe of the TSR 2 was designed to fly at mach 3, this was meant to allow for future development though, it was not intended to be a mach 3 bomber when it entered service.
I think there are undoubtedly areas in which the B-70 was more advanced though and maybe I should add 'in its class' to that sentiment?
25 April 1962: First flight of the prototype A-12 (#06924) with Lockheed test pilot Lou Schalk.
30 April 1962: First "official" flight of A-12 (#06924) with Lockheed test pilot Lou Schalk.
2 May 1962: A-12 goes supersonic for first time during second test flight.
Did you know there is a roumour the mosquito was made out of wood. That would compare to the US P-38 Lightning, The Bristol Beufighter would compare to the P-61 Black Widow.
Originally posted by tomcat ha
I think that the musquito was the most important brittish design ever. It was the first real multirole aircraft.
Since the TSR2 never became operational how can it be classed as a combat aircraft ? surly the fairy delta 2, Sunders Roe 53 & EAP also qualify at this level.
Originally posted by bmdefiant
Originally posted by kilcoo316
Originally posted by bmdefiant
part of the development of Close Air Support "Taxi Rank" operations.
Surely that would be attributed to the Stuka?
Forgot about that... Must be the distinction between having on call CAS and scheduled missions for this.I stand ready to be corrected ;-)
Originally posted by echoblade
Didn't see that one... The Arado 234 B2 saw action in 1945, although it was limited, with KG 76 at least against the Ludendorf bridge in/near Remagen...
posted by HowlrunnerIV: “Waynos, Canberra was so much more than that . . it was the world's first operational jet bomber . . the Canberras flying in Vietnam were Australian. The Yanks had something called a Martin B57 . . Hell, the RAF still fly them in PR9 form. Is there another military aircraft with such a service record?[Edited by Don w]