From an aviation legend comes the one own account of the improvement of the M.52 and the secret at the back of its cancelation

In December 1943, a top-secret agreement (E.24/43) used to be provided to Miles plane. The agreement used to be to construct the world's first supersonic jet in a position to 1,000 mph. the one trustworthy resource of knowledge on supersonic items got here from the Armament examine division and their wind tunnel checks on ammunition. From this, Miles built an incredibly thin-winged, bullet-shaped plane. The examine was once inexplicably handed to the americans in 1944 and through December 1945, one prototype was once almost entire. the second one, destined for an try out on the sound barrier used to be eighty% entire. In February 1946, Captain Eric Brown was once proven because the attempt pilot and October 1946 used to be set for the supersonic trials. even though, on February 12, 1946, Miles have been ordered to forestall construction. No believable clarification used to be given for the cancelation whilst Britain was once inside of six months of breaking the sound barrier. Eric Brown and others at once concerned together with Dennis Bancroft, the executive Aerodynamicist at the M.52, have now come jointly to attempt and eventually resolve the secret in the back of the cancelation.

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