Air Enthusiast 2003-03
T.Buttler - UK jet pioneers (1)
The first F9/40, DG206, fitted with de Havilland H1s. It first flew on March 5, 1943.
Летчик-испытатель Майкл Донт (второй слева), Фрэнк Уиттл (второй справа) и Джордж Картер (первый справа у четвертого прототипа Глостер F9/40 (DG 205/G) с двигателями W.2B/23.
Line-up in front of F9/40 DG205 which was fitted with W2B/23s and first flew on June 12, 1943. Left to right: John Crosby-Warren, test-pilot; Michael Gaunt, chief test-pilot; Frank McKenna, general manager; Frank Whittle, W G Carter, designer.
Первый опытный "Метеор" - Глостер F9/40 (DG 202/G).
Intended as the first F9/40, DG202 was fitted with W2B/23s and first flew on July 24, 1943.
F9/40 DG204 had two MetroVick F2 axial jets. Illustrated tied down for early ground runs, it first flew on November 13, 1941.
A mock-up MetroVick F2 in front of an F9/40.
Unpainted E1/44 in the original configuration.
Forward view of the E1/44 Ace prototype TX145 at Moreton Valence in 1948.
Третий опытный E.1/44 со стреловидным стабилизатором, установленным на киле.
E1/44 Ace TX148.
E1/44 Ace TX148 in flight.
Gloster E1/44 drawing P.175 dated March 3, 1944.
E1/44 - initial configuration.
Rough RAE sketch of the Rocket from a report comparing wind tunnel tests of the Meteor, Ace, Rocket and Vampire. It os the only known drawing of this project.
The first Gloster E28/39, W4041, fresh from the factory in 1941, before camouflaging, with the original short nosewheel leg. The side fuselage band was made of temperature sensitive paint to check the effects of the new jet engine on the fuselage structure. Also apparent are the fabric-covered rudder and narrow jet orifice.
Loading an engine into the first E28/39.
Engine fitting in the E28/39 prototype jet aircraft.
W4041 later in its career with small auxillary fins fitted for extra directional stability.
W4041 operating from Farnborough in 1944.
Кабина "Пионера"
E28/39 cockpit.
The first of two sketches showing George Carter's original ideas for a jet-propelled aircraft, September 30, 1939.
How the E28/39 might have looked; Carter's second jet aircraft scheme with a short jet pipe and nose-mounted cannon, October 2, 1939.
The Gloster F9/37 prototype L8002 of 1939. This design was revamped for Specification F18/40 for a night-fighter, but gave way to jet developments.