Lucas, Philip G (Oral history)

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  • 12878
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  • whole: Duration 60, Number Of Items 2
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British officer served as test pilot with RAF attached to Hawker Aircraft Company Ltd in GB, 1939-1945

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REEL 1 Recollections of period as test pilot with Hawker Aircraft Company Ltd in GB, 1939-1945: losses amongst test pilots in early stage of the war; reasons for employing service pilots; memories of Roland Beamont; engine problems with Rolls Royce Vulture engine on experimental Hawker Tornado, 1939; compressibility problems with Hawker Typhoon; discussion with pilots with 1 Sqdn, RAF after their first operation; reasons for lack of compressibility problems on Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane. REEL 2 Continues: reasons for failure to discover compressibility problems with Hawker Typhoon; reasons why Hawker Tempest didn't have compressibility problems; character of Hawker Tempest; opinion of experimental Hawker Welkin; forced landing in Hawker Welkin; developments and changes in aviation during Second World War; question of not being able to say which aircraft was his favourite; aircraft he enjoyed flying; problems with tail on Hawker Typhoon; story of discovery of elevator flutter problem with Hawker Typhoon, 5/1944.

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