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By Barry Jones

From pioneering jets to the principles of a few of todays such a lot profitable airplane, the experimental airplane of the post-war years symbolize the main interesting years of British aviation. This booklet tells their extraordinary tales, of the triumphs and frustrations of experimentation on the leading edge of aeronautical layout.

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For the film The Sound Barrier, in which Dave Morgan did the flying, Wl19 assumed the fictitious n8me 'Prometheus'; by this time it had acquired a dorsal extension to its fin. AuthOr's collection Further Development and Stardom Post-Farnborough, VV119 flew for a period with wing fences, to investigate their effect during speed checks conducted at various altitudes up to 35, OOft (II, OOm), but they were removed following the completion of the trials. In October 1951, upermarine production test pi lot qn Ldr David Morgan took over responsibility for VVl19's further development.

With a lancaster and an Ashton in the background. Harry Holmes the cramped side-by-side seating in the standard Type 707 front section is very evident. Harry Holmes and Aeroplane Type 707 Number Four with a wingspan greater than the dimensions proposeu, would greatly enhance its performance. 1O/49 was issued to Avro, who put in hand the construction of a third aircraft to contract 6/ CFf/3395/CB(6)b, featuring the wing-root intakes and a wing-span exactly one-third scale to the bomber. To demonstrate the inconsistency of aircraft nomenclature, this third aircraft wa designated the Type 707 A.

Both companies received contracts to cover the building of two prototype of their respective swept-wing design, with upermarine's offerings being all cated serial numbers VV 106 and VV1 J 9. The Start Hursley Park, outside Winche tel', wa the company's experimental establishment and the foundations of both prototypes had been laid down there by the end of 1946. Type number 510 wa given to the project but, although half the design was in existence as the Attackcr, work already upermarine meant that in hand at progress on the swept-wi ng prototypes was a little on th slow side, to say the leastin stark contra t to their American and Russian counterparts.

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