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Hawker's Early Jets

Dawn of the Hunter by Budgen, Christopher Code: 61437 Format: Hardback / 296 pages Publication date: 23/01/2022 Availability: In Stock, usually dispatched same day Price: AU $75.00

On 2 September 1947, Hawker Aircraft Ltd figuratively and literally took to the air with their first jet design, the P.1040. Conceived in the latter days of the Second World War, and developed in the straitened times of post-war austerity, the aircraft allowed Hawker to explore the new technology before moving on to more ambitious programmes. Rejected by the Royal Air Force, subsequent development of the aircraft allowed the Royal Navy to find in it a useful role at sea. As this project slowly wound its way through the government bureaucracy against a background of national insolvency, Hawker continued their research into more potent forms of jet travel with their first swept wing aircraft, the P.1052, their first rocket powered example, the P.1072, and, finally, the sleek, all swept P.1081. These essentially research aircraft gave the company the experience and expertise it required to produce a powerful, transonic fighter with which to equip the RAF for the defence of the UK and other friendly nations at a time when the Cold War threatened to engulf the world in a truly global nuclear conflict. That aircraft, the P.1067 Hunter first flew in 1951 and was, at the time, the fastest fighter in the world as evinced by gaining the World Airspeed Record in 1953 prior to entry into RAF service; at a stroke revolutionising the potential of the UKs air arm. Such was the haste with which this occurred that many teething problems remained to be resolved, as detailed here, but eventually the aircraft would become the day fighter of choice for many of the worlds air forces and remain in service for decades to come. AUTHOR: Christopher Budgen, growing up in the shadow of Hawkers Flight Test Centre at Dunsfold in Surrey, entered employment there in the 1970s, shortly after the nationalisation of the aircraft industry and the companys amalgamation into state-owned British Aerospace. During 21 years with BAe, as well as working on many Hawk, Harrier and Sea Harrier projects, he was also fortunate to be involved with Hawkers superlative Hunter in the guise of a modified T.8M used in the development of the Sea Harrier for aircrew training. Chriss previous book detailing Hawker history -Hawkers Secret Cold War Airfield -is now followed by this work. As an archivist for some years engaged at Brooklands Museum and specialising in Hawker Aircraft Ltd and successor companies, Chris is well-placed to bring to light the previously unrecorded detail of Hawkers fascinating history. 100 b/w illustrations

Format: Hardback
Pages: 296
Availability: In Stock, usually dispatched same day
Publisher: PEN & SWORD BOOKS LTD
Publication date: 23/01/2022
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 958 g
Dimensions: 246.00mm X 172.00mm
Code: 61437

CHRISTOPHER BUDGEN, growing up in the shadow of Hawkers Flight Test Centre at Dunsfold in Surrey, entered employment there in the 1970s, shortly after the nationalisation of the aircraft industry and the companys amalgamation into state-owned British Aerospace. During 21 years with BAe, as well as working on many Hawk, Harrier and Sea Harrier projects, he was also fortunate to be involved with Hawkers superlative Hunter in the guise of a modified T.8M used in the development of the Sea Harrier for aircrew training. Chriss previous book detailing Hawker history -_Hawkers Secret Cold War Airfield_ -is now followed by this work. As an archivist for some years engaged at Brooklands Museum and specializing in Hawker Aircraft Ltd and successor companies, Chris is well-placed to bring to light the previously unrecorded detail of Hawkers fascinating history.