Sydney Camm has never received the attention he richly deserved. This new book goes a very long way to rectifying the omissions of historians – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Sydney Camm, Hurricane and Harrier Designer, Saviour of Britain FILE: R2992 AUTHOR: John Sweetman PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Air World BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War 2, WW2, World War II, World War 2, WWII, Cold War, Korean War, Falklands War, Hurricane, Fury, Tempest, Typhoon, Sea Fury, Hunter, Harrier, Sea Harrier
IMAGE: B2992.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y4mzhkpr LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Sydney Camm has never received the attention he richly deserved. This new book goes a very long way to rectifying the omissions of historians – Most Highly Recommended. Sydney Camm did not come from a privileged background as did many of his contemporaries. Raised in a terraced house with eleven siblings, he lacked a financially secure background, but he was to become an outstanding aviation engineer and designer. He was part of the team at Hawker Aircraft Company that was responsible for many of the wood and steel tube framed biplanes used by the RAF and the Fleet Air Arm. They were built to Air Ministry specifications that were conservative and uninspiring, resulting in aircraft that were little advance on the aircraft of WWI. That was not the fault of the aircraft companies and their designers, but the bureaucrats and politicians. In the early thirties, Britain slowly started to wake up to the threats posed by Germany to European and World peace. British aviation was also pushing the design boundaries in private venture work and Supermarine was to produce the float planes that secured for all time the Schneider Trophy for racing float planes. The Air Ministry woke from its slumbers and started issuing more ambitious specifications for military aircraft. One of these new specifications was to lead to the Hurricane and Spitfire that complemented each other and prevented the Germans for gaining air superiority over the Channel and Southern Britain, as a vital consideration to enable an invasion of Britain. Mitchell took his Trophy winning float planes as the starting point for the Spitfire. This was to introduce many production and maintenance challenges and take much longer to result in a fighter with frontline squadrons. Camm took the Hawker Hart and Fury as a starting point which was to produce a much faster development period without the production difficulties of the more advanced Spitfire structure. Without one of these two aircraft the Battle of Britain might not have been a British victory. In 1940, the two designs very nicely complimented each other, with the Hurricane proving a solid reliable gun platform that shot down many more aircraft than the Spitfire, while the sparkling performance of the Spitfire kept the German fighters away from the Hurricanes as they carved their way through massive German bomber formations. Mitchell is remembered for his superlative leading edge design and untimely death. Camm escaped the applause and attention he deserved but put in a long and fruitful career that continued to deliver battle winning aircraft through to the outstanding Harrier VSTOL jet. The author has traced this illustrious career and there is a useful monochrome photo- plate section in support.