Pretty good list Fred
This is such a big subject though. Thanks to UK Govt idiocy we could even make this a 1 nation only thread and I would
struggle to narrow it to 5
Many will expect a British list to include the P1154, the original twin engined supersonic Harrier, and the HS.681, a sort of four pegasus powered
VTOL Hercules sized C-17 look alike, but with my head ruling over my heart these aircraft could not have been successful with the technology of the
day, they were just TOO advanced.
All the ones you have listed would have worked perfectly well if followed through I think and I agree with your list. Therefore with this in mind I
reckon I could add to that list and make it a top ten by saying;
6 Avro 730 - Original planned replacement for the Vulcan, a sort of British B-70, it was under development slightly earlier in 1954 and was cancelled
in 1957 with work well advanced.
7 Boeing YC-14 - the original USB transport that inspired the An-72, was supposed to replace the Hercules in the 1970's but hey, money needed
saving, as per.
8 Saro SR.177 Ugly but high performance fighter for RAF, RN and Luftwaffe, its death allowed the F-104 to become the sales success it really didn't
deserve to be.
9 VFW-Fokker VAK 191- the worlds second V/STOL combat aircraft in 1970, its adoption combined ewith the Harrier many have led to the V/STOL layout
becoming more widely acceptable and air forces turning away from their unhealthy obsession with laying concrete.
10, Hawker P.1083 - Although little known this was the UK Industry's really big calamity. Basically a supersonic version of the Hawker Hunter with a
thinner and more highly swept wing, its performance was in the F-100/MiG 19 class and the plug was pulled in July 1953 with the Prototype complete but
unflown. This not only left Britain without a 'transitional' supersonic fighter at all but it also ensured that all Britains traditional export
customers turned to the USA or France when their Hunters, Venoms and Meteors etc needed replacing. Customers that never came back and are now mainly
operating F-16's - thats how critical a blow the P.1083's loss dealt to the UK industry.
edit for the usual typo's
[edit on 25-11-2005 by waynos]