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Wings Over Thurleigh describes the history and the legacy of Thurleigh airfield at
RAE Bedford from its beginnings until its closure in 1994. It records the
establishment structure, the research aircraft and its facilities. The
work programmes over the lifespan of the establishment are described and
their outcome. It was produced by an editorial team and first published in
2001, reprinted during 2010 and now in its 3rd edition. Minor corrections
were made to the text and many additional photographs were included.
Numerous photographs and illustrations complement the text of 243 pages.
This book complements the previously published book ‘Wings Over Thurleigh’
It traces the evolution of the Bedford’s wind tunnels from the earliest
thoughts on supersonic flow in RAE, via a “German connection”, through to
their construction at Bedford. A description of the five main working wind
tunnels which provided a speed range from 80 mph to Mach 5 is provided
with numerous photographs and illustrations complementing its 133 pages.
It also details some of the experimental facilities for flight research on
Thurleigh airfield. ISBN 978-0-9541594-1-2].
The story of All-weather Approach and Landing research and
flight trials at RAE Bedford. The book is part historical, part technical
and part autobiographical. The story recalls a number of major
experimental programmes and some personal recollections of life at RAE
Bedford. The work focussed on the challenges of landing aircraft safely in
all weather conditions. Its 467 pages are illustrated with photographs,
diagrams and charts, which show the results of the various trials and
publication takes a broader look at RAE Bedford and deals particularly
with the personnel and social aspects rather than the scientific and
engineering aspects. While the existence of the Establishment and its
research facilities enabled the work, the huge technical success which it
achieved was due to the dedicated efforts of the many scientists,
engineers, aircrew and skilled support staff who worked there. The book’s
264 pages supplement the previous publications and thereby completes a
reasonably comprehensive historical record of the Establishment from its
creation in the 1940s to its closure in the 1990s.
A historical record of the Fly-by-Wire programmes conducted by
the RAE from the early 1960’s up to the millennium and the relationship
with industry. It describes how these programmes led to its direct
application to the Tornado aircraft design and then into the digital age
in the 1970s by industry and RAE through the Fly-by-Wire Jaguar and the
Experimental Aircraft Programme. These programmes provided sufficient
confidence to apply the technology to the Eurofighter Typhoon. The story
completes with a description of the VAAC Harrier programme the product of
which was selected by Lockheed for the flight control system of the Joint
Strike Fighter, F35-B Lightning II aircraft.
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