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  •  I'm sorry, but I do NOT regard.. (1+ / 0-)
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    no less than 342 Centaurus-powered Vickers Warwicks as being of small account!

    That's 684 Centaurus engines PLUS the necessary spare engines and spares to keep those aircraft operational (and yes, the Warwick GR Mk II, GR Mk II Met and GR Mk V all flew during WW2)

    It may not have been on the scale of the Hercules production, but with a 'young', complex engine, those are not trivial numbers (plus all the other prototype programmes being supported)

    The decision was made to concentrate what Centaurus were available AWAY from the Tempest II for the moment, because the Sabre was regarded as a known quantity (e.g. Typhoon) in virtually the same airframe, despite not having the potential of the Centaurus.

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 04:10:42 AM PST

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