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Authors Wanted Aircraft Engineering THE MONTHLY SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ORGAN OF THE AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING PROFESSION whatever, though perhaps someone who reads these lines may feel moved to set a ball rolling that will not decline to the bottom of the E are very glad to have, through the courtesy of THE hill as soon as it seems like reaching the top—which has been the SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS and the kind co­ fate of our Sisyphean efforts. In this connexion we may recall the operation of the author, M R J. C. FLOYD'S account of the characteristically excellent Wright Brothers' lecture on 'British development of the Avro Jetliner. Aircraft Gas-Turbine Engine Progress' by DR ROXBEE COX which we This type of article is most informative to other designers and on published in January and February 1946. This dealt with its subject- exactly the lines that we like to have. It is in striking contrast to the matter in the admirably objective manner that is the hall-mark of usual descriptive 'hand-out' of a new aeroplane or engine with the best type of paper of this character. which the Press is flooded immediately on its first appearance. Such So many designers—though to do them justice we believe that descriptions are completely unrealistic in implying, as they do, that more correctly it is the administrative heads of their firms—seem the new product has jus t 'beautifully growed' to the state of matchless to think that it is not consonant with their dignity or reputation perfection in which it bursts upon a wondering and admiring world. ever to admit that they have met with any difficulty which they have That sort of thing deceives no one—certainly not any engineer with had to overcome. They prefer to assume the god-like aloofness of experience of the slow process of development of a prototype one who said 'Let there be an aeroplane—or an engine—and behold aeroplane—and we have never welcomed them in AIRCRAFT it was so'; which is, of course, frankly nonsense. No one is going to ENGINEERING. get anywhere, in aeroplane design or anything else, who is not willing to experiment and if he finds he has lead himself up a blind alley to retrace his steps and proceed up another street. Some Examples As our files show we have indeed been fortunate in the number of What is Needed development articles we have been able to publish. In the last three years, for instance—to go back no farther—we have dealt in this The type of author for whom we are constantly on the watch is the way with the Rainbow, Neptune and Shooting Star; which one who is big enough to set down for others the reasons which led affords an interesting commentary on the unusual, and in our him, when faced with a specification, to select this or that feature in opinion enlightened, attitude of the LOCKHEED AIRCRAFT CORPORA­ preference to others, why in the end he may have been moved to TION. We wonder if it is too much to hope that other aircraft firms— change his mind, what 'snags' cropped up during the development particularly, we would emphasize, in England—will take the hint period and how they were overcome. To be of any value the whole and go and do likewise. Outstanding even above these was M R matter must be approached purely objectively and the account set G. R. EDWARDS'S lecture, entitled 'Turbine-Engined Transport down with as little prejudice as possible. That it can be done is Aircraft', an extended summary of which we were permitted to proved by the articles to which we have referred though some of publish last November by the INSTITUTE OF THE AERONAUTICAL them have achieved the necessary objectivity more successfully, SCIENCES; who, however, regrettably could not see their way to allow perhaps, than others. us to publish in full, preferring to reserve this for the report of the Anglo-American Conference, yet to come, when we hope the missing Jets and Turbo-Props portions, amounting in sum to considerably more than appeared in these columns, will be printed. Even in the truncated form in which We are particularly glad to have M R FLOYD'S paper because being it appeared in these columns the paper contains an amazing amount of an account of practical experience in the design and testing of civil jet aircraft it dots the 'i's' and crosses the 't's' of MR ALUN D. information on the considerations leading to the adoption of various EDWARDS'S article on the performance estimation of this type which features in the design of the Viscount with considerable detail on the problems met with in such matters as the installation of the turbo­ we published in March, April and May this year. That paper pro­ prop engines. It also dealt no less interestingly, though in somewhat vided the basis on which, we believe, all future operators of these less detail, with the turbo-jet engined Viking. aeroplanes will have to work, but it none the less provides the funda­ mentals which designers must have in mind when initiating plans for prototype aircraft. Silent Engines In conclusion, we should like to put in a plea for a stricter use of We have for some time been trying to persuade one of the British the term 'jet aircraft'. Most unfortunately there is a growing tendency engine firms to deal similarly informatively with the problems met to describe by this phrase aeroplanes which are in fact powered with in the development of a gas-turbine engine. So far we regret by gas-turbine engines driving propellers. This is extremely con­ to say that we have in this direction met with no encouragement fusing and most undesirable. S.B.A.C. DISPLAY FARNBOROUGH SEPTEMBER 5-10 We invite our readers to visit us at STAND N O 104. Bound volumes of AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING will be available for consultation, recent issues and various books and reprints on sale and booklets and pamphlets obtainable http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Emerald Publishing

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0002-2667
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10.1108/eb031929
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Aircraft Engineering THE MONTHLY SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ORGAN OF THE AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING PROFESSION whatever, though perhaps someone who reads these lines may feel moved to set a ball rolling that will not decline to the bottom of the E are very glad to have, through the courtesy of THE hill as soon as it seems like reaching the top—which has been the SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS and the kind co­ fate of our Sisyphean efforts. In this connexion we may recall the operation of the author, M R J. C. FLOYD'S account of the characteristically excellent Wright Brothers' lecture on 'British development of the Avro Jetliner. Aircraft Gas-Turbine Engine Progress' by DR ROXBEE COX which we This type of article is most informative to other designers and on published in January and February 1946. This dealt with its subject- exactly the lines that we like to have. It is in striking contrast to the matter in the admirably objective manner that is the hall-mark of usual descriptive 'hand-out' of a new aeroplane or engine with the best type of paper of this character. which the Press is flooded immediately on its first appearance. Such So many designers—though to do them justice we believe that descriptions are completely unrealistic in implying, as they do, that more correctly it is the administrative heads of their firms—seem the new product has jus t 'beautifully growed' to the state of matchless to think that it is not consonant with their dignity or reputation perfection in which it bursts upon a wondering and admiring world. ever to admit that they have met with any difficulty which they have That sort of thing deceives no one—certainly not any engineer with had to overcome. They prefer to assume the god-like aloofness of experience of the slow process of development of a prototype one who said 'Let there be an aeroplane—or an engine—and behold aeroplane—and we have never welcomed them in AIRCRAFT it was so'; which is, of course, frankly nonsense. No one is going to ENGINEERING. get anywhere, in aeroplane design or anything else, who is not willing to experiment and if he finds he has lead himself up a blind alley to retrace his steps and proceed up another street. Some Examples As our files show we have indeed been fortunate in the number of What is Needed development articles we have been able to publish. In the last three years, for instance—to go back no farther—we have dealt in this The type of author for whom we are constantly on the watch is the way with the Rainbow, Neptune and Shooting Star; which one who is big enough to set down for others the reasons which led affords an interesting commentary on the unusual, and in our him, when faced with a specification, to select this or that feature in opinion enlightened, attitude of the LOCKHEED AIRCRAFT CORPORA­ preference to others, why in the end he may have been moved to TION. We wonder if it is too much to hope that other aircraft firms— change his mind, what 'snags' cropped up during the development particularly, we would emphasize, in England—will take the hint period and how they were overcome. To be of any value the whole and go and do likewise. Outstanding even above these was M R matter must be approached purely objectively and the account set G. R. EDWARDS'S lecture, entitled 'Turbine-Engined Transport down with as little prejudice as possible. That it can be done is Aircraft', an extended summary of which we were permitted to proved by the articles to which we have referred though some of publish last November by the INSTITUTE OF THE AERONAUTICAL them have achieved the necessary objectivity more successfully, SCIENCES; who, however, regrettably could not see their way to allow perhaps, than others. us to publish in full, preferring to reserve this for the report of the Anglo-American Conference, yet to come, when we hope the missing Jets and Turbo-Props portions, amounting in sum to considerably more than appeared in these columns, will be printed. Even in the truncated form in which We are particularly glad to have M R FLOYD'S paper because being it appeared in these columns the paper contains an amazing amount of an account of practical experience in the design and testing of civil jet aircraft it dots the 'i's' and crosses the 't's' of MR ALUN D. information on the considerations leading to the adoption of various EDWARDS'S article on the performance estimation of this type which features in the design of the Viscount with considerable detail on the problems met with in such matters as the installation of the turbo­ we published in March, April and May this year. That paper pro­ prop engines. It also dealt no less interestingly, though in somewhat vided the basis on which, we believe, all future operators of these less detail, with the turbo-jet engined Viking. aeroplanes will have to work, but it none the less provides the funda­ mentals which designers must have in mind when initiating plans for prototype aircraft. Silent Engines In conclusion, we should like to put in a plea for a stricter use of We have for some time been trying to persuade one of the British the term 'jet aircraft'. Most unfortunately there is a growing tendency engine firms to deal similarly informatively with the problems met to describe by this phrase aeroplanes which are in fact powered with in the development of a gas-turbine engine. So far we regret by gas-turbine engines driving propellers. This is extremely con­ to say that we have in this direction met with no encouragement fusing and most undesirable. S.B.A.C. DISPLAY FARNBOROUGH SEPTEMBER 5-10 We invite our readers to visit us at STAND N O 104. Bound volumes of AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING will be available for consultation, recent issues and various books and reprints on sale and booklets and pamphlets obtainable

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Published: Aug 1, 1950

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