Talk about the British “scimitar” : The UK’s heaviest carrier-borne fighter jet, which takes off in a strange position


Pictured above is a twin-engined, carrier-based fighter called the Scimitar, developed by British Supermarin in the 1950s.Merlin looked it up. The word originally referred to a single-edged, curved sword of Central Asian origin, but it wasn’t a specific sword, though merlin couldn’t figure out why the British would add the name to a plane.But sometimes the name does not need any reason, so the British use, we can only follow the name, domestic generally translated as “machete”, but Merlin also saw translated as “big machete”, in fact, it does not matter whether big or not, can cut it.The Machete is one of the most important products super Marin came out of during world War II.It is said that the British design of aircraft is more imagination, but now see the machete is normal, it seems that there is no slot, but that is only after the formal production, the machete actually looked like this at the beginning.This is the second prototype type508, first flown on August 31, 1951. There is also a 505 shengong yuan air bag on the front. The layout is similar to this, with flat wings — v-shaped tail fins, but no picture of 505 can be found.The purpose of the V-shaped tail was to keep it away from the engine’s hot wake, but it was later found to be less effective and easier to get into tail spin, so it was changed back to the normal layout, but the flat tail was raised a bit.At the very beginning, the scimitar was faced with a problem, that is, high-speed jet planes taking off and landing on aircraft carriers at short distances. At that time, one idea of the British was to remove the landing gear of carrier-borne aircraft, and then use elastic rubber decks on aircraft carriers, so that the belly of the aircraft can directly rub against it. The weight saved can also be used to improve maneuverability…Anyway, this is how it is described in the materials. Merlin’s imagination and other materials are limited, so he really can’t figure out what it is like, but it is said that he has successfully experimented with “Sea Vampire”.That was originally the plan for the scimitar, but it probably didn’t make sense, so they added landing gear.The third 508, called the Model 525, had been replaced with swept-back wings and had blow flaps for lift, in which high-pressure air from the engine was pushed backward through the front flaps to increase lift and slow takeoff and landing. The 525 first flew on April 27, 1954.Test flights demonstrated lower stall speeds and improved stability and control at low speeds, although the 525 was later dropped during test flights.The 525 was further developed into the 544, with the tail returning to its normal three-piece layout and a slight downdraft on the flat tail, and the 544 made its first flight on 19 January 1956 as a production prototype.This is 544.The official production version, known as the Scimitar F.1, was the largest, heaviest and most powerful ROYAL Air Force carrier-based aircraft of its time.In June 1958, 803 Squadron of the ROYAL Naval Air Force began training, and in September scimitar successfully took off and landed on HMS Victory, which was followed by deployment to HMS Ark Royal, HMS Centaur, HMS Eagle and HMS Victory.British aircraft carriers were not rare then, as they are now.But the machete was big and heavy and fast, so there were a lot of mislandings.Later statistics cutlar dropped 39 at one breath, and the total production of only 76, in other words, more than half of the aircraft fell.In October 1958, just mentioned 803 squadron commander John Russell with a machete in serving the aircraft carrier victory on the ship, the results of the ship motion is very perfect, but a check cable is broken, the plane fell into the sea, Russell opened the hatch cover after the sinking of the aircraft, but as a result of the ejection seat hip and the boat tether fastened and no escape,Rescue workers were unable to retrieve the plane in time, and Russell drowned alive. There were still media there, and there were pictures of the moment of the fall, but they were too blurry to show them.Here is another accident, this one is lucky.The last picture shows the scimitar dual take-off, which is really weird.To be honest, Merlin could not figure out how to take off after watching it for a long time. Can anyone help explain?Code word is not easy, feel good to click a concern bai (pictures from the network, if there is infringement, please contact to delete)

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