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#1 Romantic Technofreak

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 03:06 PM

Well, what the heck to write about the Blackburn Firecrest?

 

There is a very good Wikipedia article about it: https://en.wikipedia...kburn_Firecrest

 

Okay, the aircraft obviously had constructive troubles. Which could have been solved either, or, as happened, seen as useless enterprise.

 

But what puzzles me is its intended roll as "strike fighter". The "fighter-bomber" looks like being primarily a fighter fighting for air superiority but becoming converted to the attacker role which it often performs better then the pure attacker. The "strike fighter" looks like being designed primarily for the attacker role.

 

At nearly the same time the Douglas A-1 Skyraider was constructed, obviously the last piston-engined first-line combat aircraft ever, and a fine and successfull attacker. Britain for herself already had the Hawker Sea Fury as a very nice piston-engined fighter. So, what about seeing the Firecrest as attempt of a "British Skyraider"?

 

Could this have been useful? Would you have strained you country's budget to make it become real?

 

Hoping for at least one single answer, and regards,

RT



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Posted 02 July 2017 - 03:54 PM

I think the jet engine simply did paralyze the brain of any aeronautical designer. Just think of all the obscure jets wich jumped up as lions but fell as lambs!

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 08:30 PM

Could this have been useful? Would you have strained you country's budget to make it become real?

 

Hoping for at least one single answer, and regards,

RT

 

NO! Sincerely yours, Jeff :)



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Posted 02 July 2017 - 10:57 PM

Eric Brown didn't like it. He also flew the Skyraider, but I can't find anything about his views on that plane.

 

The RN ended up with the Wyvern, so I don't think the Firecrest would have been of much use to them.



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Posted 03 July 2017 - 07:03 AM

Thank you for three answers, friends.

 

I have seen the Skyraider in Vietnam in TV when I was a boy. So I see the Firecrest more in the role as a land-based attacker. I mean, if the Skyraider was still good enough to perform low-level attacks in the 60s and early 70s, the Firecrest might have been able to do the same, if developed futher.

 

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 11:09 AM

The early jets had the handicap of huge fuel consumption, hence couldn't stick around for CAS operation like the oldschool Skyraider.
The early jets did neither have the ordnance capacity like the Skyraider!

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 03:32 AM

The Skyraider does seem more suited to the air support role than the Wyvern, at least on a quick comparison.

Wyvern S4: range 910 miles

                   max speed 383 mph

                   bombload 3000 lb

                   max load (Mk 17 torpedo) 4600 lb

A-1H Skyraider: range 1316 miles

                          max speed 322 mph

                          bombload 8000 lb

The differences surprised me.

 



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 04:10 AM

The Skyraider is the ultimative "what if" as Berlin bomber in the scenario Mosquito-fleets likely have been considered!

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 04:12 PM

OK, Armand, let's say Denmark will fund the Firecrest! Only some millions of crowns necessary! :)

 

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 06:55 PM

OK, Armand, let's say Denmark will fund the Firecrest! Only some millions of crowns necessary! :)


That could sound probable compared to the sponsorship they have had for long with a seemingly endless development of an American stealthfighter ;-)
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