Best RAF Prototypes

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The Best RAF Prototype

Poll closed Nov 10, 2008.
  1. Supermarine Spitful

    3 vote(s)
    27.3%
  2. Short Super Stirling

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  3. Hawker Tornado

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  4. Boulten Paul 92

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Vickers Type 432

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Martin-Baker 5

    6 vote(s)
    54.5%
  1. TL Blade

    TL Blade Member

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    This a pole to see what the best prototype of the RAF is in this forum eyes.
    I voted for the Short Super Stirling Because this was what Stirling could have been if it wasn't for the RAF regulation it could have rivaled the Avro Lancaster with 4 early Bristol Centuras powering the aircraft. It carried more then the Lancaster and could keep up with the Lancaster. When the prototype was finished the RAF had no interest in a new bomber and the project went no further.
     
  2. Oreo

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    I tried to find some of these, including the Super Stirling, but could not. Please post photos/drawings of it. Google didn't come through for me. I voted for MB 5, but actually Spiteful was pretty good, too.
     
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    This was very hard to pick between the Spiteful and the MB5.
     
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    I didn't have any trouble googling these, on the "Super Stirling":

    from wikipedia's Stirling page:


    The Tornado was similar to the Hawker Typhoon, but with a RR Vulture X-24 engine.
     
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    I personally like the Boulton Paul P.94. (single seat fighter version of the Defiant)

    Would have been a good long range fighter, less maneuverable and poorer climb than the Spitfire or Hurricane (with similar engine) but as fast as the Spit, and with a sturdier airframe and larger load and armament capacity. Would have made a good strike a/c or fighter-bomber.
     
  6. TL Blade

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    I agree about the p.94 but the only evidence i could of a existence was on cfs2 so I didn't know if it was fictional or not.:oops:
     
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    Huh? Almost any article online about the Defiant will mention the P.94.

    Wikipedia: Boulton Paul Defiant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

     
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    As the tread says 'prototypes' I think it excludes the Super-Stirling as I think it was only a design, and not built. Harris said no to production, because of the reduced no's compared with the standard Stirling - ignoring the saving of less aircraft shot down!
    The Spiteful, would be too late to make a difference.
    The Vickers 432 - minor benefit compared to Mosquito.
    BP P.92 - turret fighter - flawed concept.
    Hawker Tornado - unlucky powered by the Vulture, would have been interesting with the Fairey Monarch!
    So it has to be the MB.5 - I think it was mainly the Air Ministry's lack of confidence in Martin Baker to be able to handle mass production.
     
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    I agree with Merlin on MB.5, given more resources (engines delivered in time etc) MB.5 might have been ready in time for participating the war.

    Juha
     
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