Aeroplane Monthly 1993-09
B.Jones - Gloster's Nene machine
TX148, the second E.1/44, in flight, looking rather like a sawn-off Supermarine Attacker in this view.
Кабина второго E.1/44
A good close-up view of TX145, showing the boundary-layer bleed in the intake - Moreton Valence, 1948.
Two views of TX148, taken in February 1949, showing the enlarged air intakes and the high-set tailplane.
Another view of the TX148, emphasising the restyled tail - the unit was later utilised on the Meteor F.8.
9 марта 1948г.: Gloster Е.1/44 достиг максимальной скорости полета 997 км/ч, но обладал меньшим модернизационным запасом по сравнению с самолетом Meteor.
TX145 at Moreton Valence in 1948. The anti-spin parachute is housed beneath the rudder just above the low-set tailplane.
View of SM809, the first E.1/44, taken in July 1947. The aircraft is identified by way of the serial numbers painted on the light-coloured patches over the empty gun ports on the wing leading edges forward of the undercarriage legs. Note too the horn-balanced rudder and the wide-track undercarriage.
Another view of SM809 in July 1947, days before it was severely damaged while being transported by road to Boscombe Down.
Первый опытный E.1/44, выпущены воздушные тормоза и посадочные щитки
View of SM809, the first E.1/44, taken in July 1947. Note too the horn-balanced rudder and the wide-track undercarriage.
KEY: 1. Cabin ventilating pipe 2. Electrical accumulators 3. Radio 4. Windscreen de-icing 5. Electrically-operated hood 6. Front fuselage fuel tank 7. Air brakes 8. Main fuel tanks 9. Auxiliaries gearbox 10. Rolls-Royce Nene I gas turbine 11. Rear fuselage fuel tanks 12. Surface aerial 13. Tail parachute 15. Elevator trim tab 16. Hydraulic reservoir 17. Dive recovery flap (port and starboard) 18. Engine air intake duct 19. Boundary layer bleed duct 20. Electrical main panel 21. Pneumatic air container
Three-view of the second airframe TX145 which, after the irreparable damage to SM809 in a road accident, became the first GA.2 to fly. In appearance it was almost identical to SM809 apart from the rudder horn-balance on the first airframe.
Three-view of TX148, the third airframe, which was the only other GA.2 to fly and which had slightly larger air intakes. The tail unit designed to rectify the handling problems shown up by TX145 was carried over to the Meteor F.8; FR.9; NF.11, 12, 13, and with a revised leading edge 14; and the TT.20.