In 1943, Churchill was advised that Germany was in the process of developing a supersonic fighter. This, a clear risk to the Allied bomber campaign and improvements in Whittle’s early jet engines, spurred modest investment in the design and construction of a 1000 mph top-secret research jet in Britain, by Miles Aircraft Ltd. By 1946, when most of the challenging engineering and aeronautical problems had been solved and prototypes constructed, the project was cancelled without warning before the aircraft (Miles M.52) could be flown.
Using some unique contemporary documents, local resident Jim Pratt (of Mountain Cross), George Miles’ son-in-law, will review the design and construction of this, the most advanced aeronautical project of the war, and consider some of the consequences of its cancellation.
When – Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Time – 19:30 – 21:00
Where – Newlands Activity Centre, Romanno Bridge
Tickets – £3.00
Refreshments – Tea & Coffee available
Tickets – please contact Derek Harkins
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