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67 interceptor. 7/30. 33 Partridge prototype. J8459. 32 heavy bomber. J9950. (The Soullon Paul Society) Again Boulton & Paul hoped that standardisation of construction techniques and components with the Sidestrand would weigh heavily in their favour. n was completed by Gloster Aircraft. In the event no orders for this class of bomber were forthcoming. 19/27. It must have seemed to John North and his design staff that they were stuck with being deemed medium bomber specialists, just the type of aircraft in which the RAF was not interested.

It was found, on the Sidestrand, that fitting Townend rings reduced the drag of the engines by two thirds. John North quickly appreciated the potentialities of the invention and made an arrangement with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research for Boul~on & Paul to undertake the administration and commerical exploitation of thIS inventIOn. Numerous forms of the ring were to be evolved, many incorporating an exhaust collector, and they saw widespread use. Boulton & Paul issued licences on the basis of a moderate royalty at a flat rate per horse power of the engine fitted.

51, adapted as a bomber became the Harrow. 9/32, from which the Hampden and Wellington emerged. 71A. This secured ·Boulton & Paul's first and only order for a civil airliner. 7IA feederliner, G-ACOX, before delivery to Imperial Airways. 51. 54. S. engines. All this intense activity was to no avail, all these designs remained paper projects. It was desperately hard for a relatively small company such as Boult~n & Paul to compete with much larger concerns who were conSIdered experts III producing civil transports, and were well known in airline circles.

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