The Martin Baker M.B.2

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  1. Graeme

    Graeme Well-Known Member

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    Messer’s James Martin and Capt. Valentine H Baker were exceptionally talented and innovative men, producing a number of outstanding designs including the M.B.2. Just one of its many features was a protective turnover pylon that “automatically deployed in the event of a nose over” (to protect the pilot especially since the vertical stabiliser was of minimal size. In fact the original design had NO vertical stabiliser, instead a fish-like fin was to be incorporated at the end of the tail).

    First flight of the M.B.2 was 3 August 1938.

    I was wondering if any other aircraft of the period incorporated a similar device and if some of the engineers in the forum can explain what would have triggered the device, some sort of inertia brake? or mercury switch?

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    Graeme.


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    That's like the rollover bars on some convertibles. I wouldn't be surprised if there's an old sketch by Leonardo DaVinci. :lol:
     
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