By Tim Kershaw

In April 1941 Britain's first jet left the floor at a grass airfield four miles from Gloucester Cathedral. It was once the beginning of a revolution in air trip, army and civilian. through the Nineteen Forties Britain's first-ever jet plane, the world's first jet fighter in squadron carrier and the 1st jet to carry the area air-speed list have been all designed, outfitted and flown within the Gloucester and Cheltenham zone. the tale of Frank Whittle's invention and dogged improvement of the jet engine is celebrated. however the account of ways his invention was once placed into the air hasn't ever been totally informed. This e-book tells the tale of ways the lads and ladies of north Gloucestershire made Whittle's engine fly.

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The Cougar also had nice stability characteristics. If it “departed” (went out of control) at high speed, the pilot merely had to release the stick and it recovered itself quickly. There was one fun maneuver in the Cougar that I always enjoyed as it was a real confidence-builder. 9 at 30,000 feet and pull the stick back sharply while applying full aileron or spoiler. The aircraft then snap rolled and departed controlled flight. By just releasing the stick, the aircraft recovered quickly, usually inverted, at a little less than 1g.

The weather was beautiful and the carrier landings were easier than the field carrier practice. World Cruise (September 1953 – April 1954) Our next scheduled deployment was a long “world cruise” for September of 1953. For nine months prior to our departure we engaged in ordnance training, air-to-air gunnery, rocket firing, and bomb delivery. The training period between the long cruises was not entirely spent flying from the home base at Jacksonville. We had numerous short cruises and deployments, almost to the point that we were looking forward to a long cruise.

The aircraft were immediately recalled to the ship and the “Guppies” were directed to fly alongside the non-radar-equipped airplanes to guide their approaches. I went back up to Pri-Fly with a number of other pilots to observe. We could tell that the situation had improved, but landing conditions were still extremely poor. All at once, two ADs appeared out of the mist behind the carrier’s wake. One had his gear and flaps down for landing. The other, the radar plane, guided him in. As soon as the landing AD pilot called the carrier in sight, the Guppy pulled up into the fog and climbed to pick up another aircraft to bring home.

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