THE Lockheed P‐80 represents in effect an adaption of the original Whittle installation in the Gloster E 28/39 with the necessary modifications to include military equipment and armament. That is to say the engine and fuel tanks are mounted in the fuselage behind the pilot and the air is led into the engine by ducts along the sides of the fuselage and is ejected through an orifice in the tail. The original air intakes in the nose of the E 28/39 have been discarded owing to the need for carrying guns, ammunition and camera in the nose of the fuselage. This design is, of course, a quite logical development and it is particularly suited to very high speeds, as the fuselage is then of the correct long narrow streamline for speeds approaching that of sound.
MCB UP Ltd
Copyright © 1945, MCB UP Limited