FLAME THE A journal for the moral, thinking man


Before   we   begin,   let   us   for   a   moment   look   at   the   changes   that   took   place   that   caused   the   downfall   of   Britain. In   1939,   a   major   shift   in   political   aims   took   place,   when   an   anti-British   fifth   column   took   control   of   parliament. Under   Winston   Churchill   the   House   of   Commons   secretly   began   to   serve   Zionists,   bankers   and   communists at the expense of the British public. Britain’s   right   to   self   determination,   Parliament’s   ability   to   serve   the   nation,   the   British   Empire   and   its   vast global   trading   area   were   some   of   the   coming   sacrifices   promised   in   1939   for   the   benefit   of   a   group   of warmongers, who sought to use the second-world-war as a means to gain world-power for themselves. Winston   Churchill   was   an   enthusiastic   agent   of   the   usurpers   of   nation-state   power.   It   was   his   warmongering and   posturing   that   gave   rise   to   the   global   tyranny   that   virtually   everyone   is   suffering   from   today.   The   full impact   of   the   Second-World-War,   its   cost   to   us,   our   allies   and   those   who   we   fought   against   was   not   realised until much later, and is still not understood by many. We   all   enjoy   seeing   the   aircraft   of   our   glory   days   flying,   from   early   types   such   as   the   Hawker   Hart   and Sopwith   Camel   (the   first   plane   to   land   on   a   ship)   to   the   wartime   Supermarine   Spitfire,   Hawker   Hurricane, Avro   Lancaster   and   De   Havilland   Mosquito.   These   were   followed   by   a   series   of   successful   jet-engined aircraft,   including   the   Gloucester   Meteor,   De   Havilland   Vampire,   and   the   Hawker   Hunter   (   the   first   aircraft   to break   the   sound   barrier.)   Other   great   British   aircraft   companies   were   Shorts   who   made   the   impressive Sunderland   Flying   Boats,   Blackburn   creators   of   the   large   Beverly   transport   planes,   English   Electric   who produced   the   awesome   Lightning   fighter   which   made   its   first   appearance   around   the   same   time   as   the   three V   bombers.   They   were   the   Vickers   Valiant,   the Avro   Vulcan   and   Handley   Page   Victor.   Other   great   names   in British   aircraft   manufacturing,   most   now   long   gone,   are   Bristol Aviation   and   Westland.   Rolls   Royce   is   still   in business   but   they   do   rely   heavily   on   foreign   companies   for   assistance.   The   Hawker   Harrier   was   the   first successful   vertical   take-off   aircraft.   Its   exceptionally   long   and   illustrious   time   in   service   is   testament   to   the skill of British designers and the production engineers. One of the last of the great British aircraft.   During   the   1950s   Britain   led   the   world   in   aviation   with   its   dozen   or so   world   beating   aircraft   companies.   British   manufacturers   had   the most   futuristic   designs,   a   host   of   research   prototypes   and   several new   aircraft,   either   on   the   drawing   board   or   in   their   test   stages.   Our regular   customers   the   Royal   Australian,   New   Zealand,   Rhodesian, South African   and   Canadian   air   forces   were   waiting   for   us   to   supply replacement    aircraft    for    their    ageing    Meteors    and    Canberras. Jordanian   and   Libyan   ministers   were   also   awaiting   the   arrival   of new   aircraft   with   their   cheque   books   at   the   ready.   Another   boost   to   the   industry   came   in   March   1957   when the   German   Naval   Air   Arm   ordered   sixteen   anti-submarine   versions   of   the   Fairey   Gannet.   In   the   same month   the   English   Electric   Lightening   showed   outstanding   performance   during   test   trials.   The   British   aircraft industry at the time could not have been in a better shape. Then    in    1957    the    government    carried    out    a    despicable    act    of    sabotage.    Duncan    Sandys    (Winston Churchill’s   son-in-law)   announced   in   the   House   of   Commons,   that   "all   production   of   British   manned   military aircraft    would    cease.    He    continued    "From    now    on    we    will    concentrate    solely    on    rocket    and    nuclear weapons."   In   response,   George   Ward   who   was   Secretary   of   State   for   Air   said   "There   had   been   a   lot   of speculation   about   the   role   of   the   Royal Air   Force.   The   gradual   introduction   of   ballistic   rockets   would   merely be   a   further   development   in   the   deterrent   strategy   on   which   it   must   be   shaped.   The   actual   size   of   the bomber   force   was   a   difficult   matter   of   judgement.   Even   with   the   ballistic   rocket,   would   it   be   wise   to   talk about   it   as   the   ultimate   weapon?   Experts   were   sure   that   for   many   years   to   come   we   should   surely   rely mainly upon the fighter pilot for the defence of Britain. The   success   of   our   aircraft   industry   has   been   further   proved   by   our   civil   aircraft.   The   De   Havilland   Comet, the   Bristol   Brittania   and   Vickers   Viscount,   had   provided   the   latest   in   speed   and   comfort   for   long   distance travellers.   Our   aircraft   industry   had   been   more   viable   because   they   made   both   civil   and   military   aircraft. Without   military   contracts   less   money   would   be   available   to   finance   and   develop   new   models   of   civil   aircraft. The   inevitable   happened.   Once   military   manufacture   stopped,   our   airline   business   faltered   and   closed down. As   a   sop   to   the   aircraft   industry   over   its   sudden   demise,   the   government   announced   that   if   some   of   the aircraft    industries    were    to    amalgamate,    they    could    share    one    single    project    between    them.    Vickers, Armstrong,   English   Electric   and   Shorts   joined   forces.   The   commission   was   given   to   Vickers   as   the   head company.   This   was   rather   a   strange   choice   considering   in   recent   years   they   had   only   produced   civil   aircraft. Working   under   difficult   circumstances   sharing   work   over   different   locations   these   companies   produced   a spectacular aircraft that was twenty years ahead of all their foreign rivals. The   plane   that   outperformed   all   expectations   was   the   TSR2.   It   was   first   tested   in   September   1964.   Despite it   tremendous   potential   the   Conservative   government   was   looking   for   ways   to   end   the   project.   It   was   left   to the incoming Labour government to pass the death sentence. The   TSR2   was   considered   by   the   aircraft   industry   to   be   a   great   leap   in   aircraft   technology.   It   outperformed the   expectations   of   its   designers. Those   who   worked   on   it   loved   it.   It   flew   successfully   24   times.   It   cost   £200 million   to   produce   but   was   reduced   to   £50,000   of   scrap.   The   Labour   Cabinet   Committee   including   Harold Wilson,   Dennis   Healey   and   Roy   Jenkins,   were   responsible   for   bringing   to   an   end   the   final   stage   of   the British Aircraft   industry. A   rather   sinister   order   was   given   demanding   that   all   completed   flying TSR2’s   were   to be completely destroyed. An American   team   of   aircraft   engineers   and   designers   had   been   allowed   to   look   around   the   TSR2   factories during   construction.   They   took   notes   and   had   access   to   technical   information.   We   were   told   this   was because   the American   government   was   intending   to   buy   some   of   them. Years   later   we   bought   from America Cruise   missiles   at   considerable   expense.   Their   missile   incorporated   much   technology   used   in   the   TSR2. However,   the   TSR2   outperformed   its American   counterpart   in   as   much   as   the   British   plane   was   supersonic at ground level whereas the American missile was slower. If   you   look   at   the   line   and   form   of   the   TSR2   you   can   clearly   see   a   strong   resemblance   between   it   and   the Concorde   which   came   much   later.   Both   Labour   and   Conservative   governments   were   guilty   of   killing   off   the British   aircraft   industry.   The   Avro   Vulcan   was   one   of   the   world’s   most   successful   aircraft.   It   was   built   at   the height   of   the   British   aircraft   industry,   yet   it   was   to   be   one   of   the   last   military   aircraft   we   produced.   It   first   flew in August   1958   and   played   a   vital   role   as   recently   as   the   Zionist   inspired   Falklands   war   which   was   devised to   topple   General   Galtieri.   This   "regime   change"   allowed   the   IMF   and   World   Bank   to   load   Argentina   with massive debt, and world government groups to gain access to their government.
Last updated 20 th. Nov 2017
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