Posted 16 May 2011 - 05:40 PM
If the spec had been issued sooner, would Miles have been able to do the same short design time or did that depend on experience they had to date?
Posted 16 May 2011 - 10:40 PM
Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:37 PM
Did it also depend on the Merlin "power egg" being available?
To get the performance it did yes, but I was wondering more if Miles had the experience to design this kind of aircraft sooner.
Posted 17 May 2011 - 09:30 PM
The only high performance aircraft Miles had done was the "Master" trainer But with almost 800hp and a speed of over 290mph for the prototype it may have given them an idea of the problems involved.
Plenty of light planes so that the design staff was well practiced.
Posted 17 May 2011 - 09:43 PM
Frederick Miles seems to have had a very good reputation as a designer of long range racers - after all you could argue that Charles Lindberg would be a discerning customer!
And in many peoples opinion he designed the first practical supersonic aircraft - the M 52.
So I think the M20 was just par for the course considering he was a bit rushed.
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