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No. 9229. Supermarine 392 (TS409) Royal Navy
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Supermarine 392

09/30/2009. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Conceived in June 1944 (the same month that the Spiteful entered flight test) and mating that fighter's laminar flow wing with a new fuselage and tail, the Type 392 was powered by the new Rolls-Royce RB.41 turbojet which was to enter production as the Nene. Three prototypes were ordered September 9, 1944 of which two were to be navalized.

The first prototype (s/n TS409) was covered by Specification E.10/44 and flew on July 27, 1946, powered by the 4,300 lb (1,950 kg) s.t. Nene. The two navalized prototypes (s/n TS413 and TS416, the first of which was flown on June 17, 1947) were covered by Specification E.1/45, and were fitted with the 5,100 lb (2,313 kg) s.t Nene 3.

TS409 was later navalized, while TS413 was lost in a crash in June 1948, killing the Royal Navy pilot, Lieutenant T.J.A. King-Joyce. The type was named Attacker and 182 production aircraft Type 398 Attacker were produced:




Created September 30, 2009