posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 04:48 PM
reply to post by benintheuk
Tis a sobering thought that at the end of the 1960's we were flying supersonic airliners and jump jets and looking to an exciting future, and forty
years on we have neither.
Following on from Mustard, see also BAe HOTOL.
While the X-1 only really benefitted in a relatively small way from M.52, the flying tail for instance and it's true that the M.52 was more advanced
in overall concept, it's fun, and in a way reassuring for a beleagured Brit, to spot UK programmes that seem to be realised much later elsewhere.
Examples including the current V-22 and the Westland WG22 of 1968, the Boeing 757 and the Hawker Siddeley HS.134 of 1967 and the 1954 Vickers SP.4 and
the near-as-dammit identical B-70 Valkyrie which flew a decade later, only with the wingtips turning down instead of up. And so many others, but also
in general areas such as the 1949 Bristol Brabazon being the first electrically controlled, now called fly by wire, aircraft to fly, the proposal of
sidestick controllers a full 20 years before the F-16 made them real, and of course the things like jets, radar and aircraft carriers with angled
decks and catapults goes without saying, but at least we used those too.
While we're recommending books do a search for 'Project Cancelled' and 'Stuck on the Drawing Board' plus the excellent Ian Allen 'Secret Projects'
series for more examp,es of coulda, woulda, shoulda, if only we had the dosh
edit on 3-6-2011 by waynos because: (no reason