By Z. Patek, L. Smrcek

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The Mk VI was a modification of the Mk V, specially [or the Beau fighter; no report on a Mk VII has been found. c. no launch rails) Mk VIII, made possible by improvements in rocket propcllant, were underway at the end of the war. 5 in rocket launching tubes were filled in a Spitfire and a Thunderbolt in 1945; trials on this installation and on other aircraft were incomplete at the end of the war. Other American installations included one known as the Mk 4 but it required essential changes to give satisfaction on the Avcnger.

The Establishment found that this, and contemporary production turrets were sub-standard; the basic design was sound. P9238 with Hercules X I was more representative of the production aircraft with an FN2 nose turrct, mock-up F 4 in the tail and a retractable tail wheel. On arrival in May 1941, P9238 started eighteen months of tests by demonstrating a take-off run at 33,000 Ib of only 440 yd-a considerable improvcment on the Pegasus-powered ai rcra ft. 750 lb. range was reduccd to 109 Above: Wellillgroll I!

Reiliming lI'ilh its lIell' idemity ill 1940 (A&A E E recognition 191) The Establishment's role in testing was extensive, and every aircraft was received for a particular task, sometime necessitating only the briefest of visits. Other aircraft were on long term allocation. particularly for general purposes in both Performance and Armament Squadrons. and for communications and photography. The compression of the contents of nearly four thousand reports into a manageable part of a book has led to only the briefest of details being included.

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