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Transatlantic Betrayal

Transatlantic Betrayal [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Porter
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The RB211 gas turbine engine was to be the biggest engineering project in Britain, and the world's fi rst three-spool turbofan. It had been developed for the Lockheed L1011 Tristar and fi nally entered service in 1972. Despite its huge development costs, which pushed Rolls-Royce into bankruptcy, it turned Rolls-Royce into a global company, supplying engines for many thousands of airliners and military aircraft. Despite the development costs, the failure of the company that produced the engine and the problems of its single launch customer (Lockheed), the RB211 proved itself to be a highly fl exible engine, with a massive potential power range, light weight and ease of maintenance. Andrew Porter tells the story of the RB211, the history of its development and the political and economic factors that saw the company nearly die.

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Andrew Porter is an aviation journalist. He lives in Lytham St Annes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3217 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (28 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EV522MY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #773,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Jolly Yarn Not Backed By The Facts 27 July 2013
The central allegation in Transatlantic Betrayal is a big one.

In it, the author Andrew Porter, asserts, "...the Labour Government, together with the US administration, conspired politically to undermine the sovereign UK aviation industry, and therefore any positions of technological strength were to be negotiated away by the Labour government to US interests in return in for US agreement towards IMF financial support."

The allegation is very specific. And there's more. "With the Labour government's push for an RB211-powered wide-body rather than an RB207-powered airbus, their politically led preference indicated a willingness to subject the UK's crucial industry to be dependent on the US, despite European efforts to counter the dominance of the US aviation industry. The actions of the anti-Airbus Labour government and their cajoling of Rolls-Royce to secure US business are, I suggest, clear indicators of political forces used to achieve Rolls-Royce's over-reach scenario."

The over-reach scenario would be achieved by McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed either greatly delaying an order for the RB211 or imposing substantial re-engineering of the engine, especially in terms of thrust, and of imposing very onerous contracts.

Despite the author's assertion that the RB211 was superior because it was a three-shaft design employing high pressure bypass ratios, nothing much worked on the engine as it should have. Of the many disasters, the bird-strike test received the greatest coverage. All prototype jet engines have 4lb dead chickens, usually bought from the local supermarket, fired at them whilst running on a static rig.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and fascinating 9 May 2013
By Avfan
I saw this on display in my local bookshop and being a big fan of aviation the intriguing title and cover picture caught my attention.

No point in reiterating what it's about, you can read the Amazon blurb for that, but in a nutshell it offers an alternative and, in my opinion, a surprising and fascinating view on the history of Britain's jet engine design, development and manufacture. I was quite shocked at some of the political shenanigans the book revealed and in that respect I found the story very thought provoking.

I did struggle a little with some of the technical aspects in the book although it contains loads of good illustrations and photos which helped guide me through the difficult bits!

On the plus side it gave an interesting history of the development of Rolls-Royce's aircraft engines, a lot of which I hadn't known before and which I found very interesting.

Hard to find an aviation book with original ideas so would highly recommend this to you. There are a few surprises, it's thought provoking and with lots of original photos and illustrations. I would have thought this could be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in history, politics, engineering and aviation heritage alike.
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