Air International 1983-11
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M.Hirst - From Skyraider to Nimrod ... Thirty Years of British AEW
"Гэнит"AEW.3 на палубе авианосца "Арк Ройял", под крылом самолета - подвесные топливные баки.
The Royal Navy preceded the RAF in adopting aircraft for the AEW role, but when HMS "Ark Royal" was decommissioned and the last Gannet AEW Mk 3 was retired, no AEW replacement was provided.
The Fairey Gannet AEW Mk 3 - seen in this April 1962 picture about to pick up the arrester wire on HMS “Ark Royal“ - was the first British aircraft developed for the airborne early warning role.
The second Nimrod AEW Mk 3
The old and the new: Britain's current and future AEW types, both products of the Manchester factories of British Aerospace. The second Nimrod AEW Mk 3 was on a test flight from Woodford when it formated with one of the RAF’s last Shackleton AEW Mk 2s.
В сущности испытания "Кометы"AEW велись для определения аэродинамических характеристик носовой части перспективного самолета ДРЛО.
The modified Comet 4 serving as a test-bed for the Marconi forward-looking radar in 1977.
Britain's latest airborne early warner: the British Aerospace Nimrod AEW Mk 3, soon to enter service with No 8 Squadron at RAF Waddington.
The only remarkable aspect of this illustration of an AEW Nimrod model is that the model was on the chief designer's desk at Brough in August 1966, eleven years before the programme was launched.
The seriousness of this gap in naval defences was starkly demonstrated in the Falklands fighting, and the AEW Sea King was then hastily produced.
Photographed over Cornwall earlier this year, while serving with "D” Flight of the 824 NAS, this is AEW Sea King (XV650). Since their delivery in 1982, low-visibility insignia have been adopted.
The AEW Andover's bill-like nose earned the nickname "Toucan", from the chief designer’s well-remembered jibe at the single antenna systems used by the American AEW designs, to the effect that "Toucan do the job better than one can!”
As there were spare Hawker Siddeley Andover C Mk I airframes in the UK around 1966, these were seen as potential land-based AEW platforms. The modifications would have been drastic, however, as the illustration shows, and even involved the substitution of Rolls-Royce Trent turbofans for the two Dart turboprops of the original type, as well as shortening the fuselage, stiffening the structure and fitting slipper tanks on the wings.
A proposal which aimed to give the Royal Navy a low-cost AEW type was based on the HS.125 business jet. It could not carry the most suitable radar, and was unable to meet most time-on-station requirements.
The old and the new: Britain's current and future AEW types, both products of the Manchester factories of British Aerospace. The second Nimrod AEW Mk 3 was on a test flight from Woodford when it formated with one of the RAF’s last Shackleton AEW Mk 2s.
Specialised AEW designs are characteristically unlovely, and perhaps none more so than the Blackburn/Hawker Siddeley P.139 project of 1963. The shows the T-tail adopted later.
The three-view shows an early variant