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Westland Wyvern

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Westland Wyvern

Postby Invisible shadow » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:29 pm


naval strike fighter, with the engine located behind the pilot and driving a propeller in the nose via a long shaft that passed under the cockpit floor.[1] This enabled the pilot to be located in a position that conferred the best possible visibility over the nose for carrier operations.[1]

long range naval fighter using the Rolls-Royce Eagle 22 24-cylinder H-block piston engine

A number of aircraft were lost off Albion's bows,( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Albion_(R07)), and Lt. B. D. Macfarlane made history when he successfully ejected from under water after his aircraft had ditched on launch and been cut in two by the carrier.

830 Sqn. took the Wyvern into combat from HMS Eagle, flying 79 sorties[7] during Operation Musketeer; the armed response to the Suez Crisis. Two Wyverns were lost to Egyptian light flak damage; both pilots of the downed aircraft successfully ejected over the sea, and were picked up by Eagle's search and rescue helicopter. The squadron returned to the UK on Eagle after this conflict and disbanded in January 1957. Consequently, 813 was the last Wyvern squadron, disbanding on 22 April 1958
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Re: Westland Wyvern

Postby Invisible shadow » Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:50 am

Contra-rotating props is a good idea for a carrier plane, solves torque on takeoff issues. That combined with excellent nose visibility again makes it a good idea on paper, just didn't work out as hoped.

A fantasy Luft 46 or earlier plane would be a German V-16 with 2 109 type chargers, 1 for front 6 cylinders, another for the back 6. Engine in center like Wyvern or P-39.

5 cannon in the nose & wingroot.
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Re: Westland Wyvern

Postby HoHun » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:25 am

Hi Invisible,

Eric Brown in "Wings of the Weird and Wonderful" discusses the Wyvern, too:

- Sharp stall with little warning, potential for unintentional spinning
- Stick force per G unacceptably high for a fighter, elevator "hunting"
- Ailerons heavy, but good rate of roll
- Strong pitch up on sudden power application at low speeds (for go-around)
- Very easy to deck-land
- Soft undercarriage, landings with descent rates of up to 14 ft/s possible
- Very poor engine-out glide ratio


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