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That's great thanks. Much appreciated. HARS is on my bucket list if I ever get back across the ditch again.Had a conversation with Robert Greinert from HARS and he advised that the intention is to get the Beaufighter back in the air within two to three years. He also advised that the 16 ton of spares for the Bristol Hercules engine was purchased from Dwenair motors at Ardmore airfield. Some of the spares originated from SafeAir. This company was also supplying the RNZAF with spares for their B170’s. Robert advised that HARS has a couple of original engines and with the spares obtained from NZ they will be able to rebuild them to get the aircraft in the air again.
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I believe that it wasn't the easiest of aircraft to fly and could be quite dangerous if the engines were out of synch.This short article describes Dornier’s Do 335 fighter, supposedly the fastest piston engine fighter of WW2.
Still to design such things pens paper and brain power is pretty amazing!Not sure about how important synchronization of a push/pull propulsion setup would be but as the article mentions, bailing out would be a challenge even if the explosive charge removed the rear prop. Take off and landing with that rear prop would also be a challenge.
IIRC it had to do with the power differences. However on looking into it further I have found that I am wrong. Apparently they did have a bang seat in it as well.Not sure about how important synchronization of a push/pull propulsion setup would be but as the article mentions, bailing out would be a challenge even if the explosive charge removed the rear prop. Take off and landing with that rear prop would also be a challenge.
Two turbojets side by side or vertically mounted like the EE Lightning would've have worked. Probably the side by side arrangement because of easier replacement when the German jet engines only had a 25 hour life on a good day. Think some only reached 10 hours before self destructing.Not a bad video at all IMO, nice find. The turbo jet proposal would have eliminated the concerns with the rear prop clearance. I wonder if a inline arrangement of two jet engines was feasible, thinking maybe not as it wasn’t followed up on.