Aeroplane Monthly 1977-04
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P.Birtles - D.H.77 Interceptor
The unmarked D.H.77 shortly after completion. The trough for the port side machine gun is seen, and the distinctive streamlined overwing struts are evident. The Aldis sight has yet to be fitted.
Above, the D.H.77 at Martlesham Heath during official trials, which were disrupted by engine troubles. The service serial J9771 is carried. Below, a view which displays the slim fuselage and all-moving tailplane to advantage.
The "H” cylinder arrangement of the Napier Rapier imparted unique lines to the nose of the aircraft it powered. This view also emphasizes the ungainly undercarriage.
The D.H.77’s performance on its relatively low-powered engine proved to be almost identical with that of the Fury, the eventual winner of the F.20/27 competition.
The unmarked D.H.77 shortly after completion. The trough for the port side machine gun is seen, and the distinctive streamlined overwing struts are evident. The Aldis sight has yet to be fitted.
First public appearance, as New Type No 5, at the 1930 Hendon Pageant, complete with Aldis sight.
De Havilland D.H.77