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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on a little-known aircraft project of great interest, 21 Aug. 2011
This review is from: BAe P.1216: Supersonic ASTOVL Aircraft (ProjectTech Profiles) (Paperback)
The P.1216 is a very interesting project, as it represented a serious attempt to build a supersonic STOVL fighter built on the rich experience of the Harrier. It was effectively the "last hurrah" from the justly famous Kingston team which produced an unparalleled range of fighters for the RAF from the 1930s onward. Its unconventional appearance was the result of long experience with day-to-day STOVL operation, and would certainly have stood out from the pack in a way the Eurofighter Typhoon doesn't. In the early 1980s these two very different projects were competing for funding and had things gone differently, it might have been British (or British-American) P.1216's flying missions over Libya.

In this latest ProjectTech volume Michael Pryce has done an excellent job of documenting the evolution of the P.1216 design and the various alternatives to it which were proposed by Kingston and the other BAe team at Warton, alongside the political and economic realities that resulted in it not being built. Making extensive use of primary documents and interviews with the various engineers involved, this is an authoritative account and contains lots of interesting new illustrations. These include many different revisions of the P.1216 plus other rival designs from BAe Warton.

The production of the book is very good. layout is clear and attractive. There are lots of images, mostly well-reproduced. Note that on page 45, three of the 3 views are cropped to the left so you lose part of the front view (P.1218-1, P.1219, P.1220), unfortunately the author has confirmed this is not a production error - the original document source for these drawings chopped off the edge of these drawings and no other source is currently known for them.

I heartily recommend this book for any aviation fan, an intriguing project that could perhaps have been a more interesting technical direction for BAe than the Eurofighter Typhoon.
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