Today, I would like to show some recognition to a couple of the lesser-known aircraft cutaway illustrators that worked back in the 1960’s. The first is Peter Endsleigh Castle, whose work has been posted here previously. Much of his work was featured in the old RAF Flying Review
. Apparently they tasked him with providing cutaways of the many V/STOL (Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing) aircraft proposals that were appearing at that time to respond to a NATO requirement. As these were proposals, and some were barely more that notional, Endsleigh Castle didn’t have much to work with. My Post #11,197 shows a couple of these: The Hawker P1154 and the Dassault Mirage IIIV (which I mistakenly called out as a Dassault Balzac). Here are two more from the September 1962 issue of RAF Flying Review
The Fiat G.95/6
. This airplane is fairly easy to understand. It uses the separate lift and cruise engine propulsion scheme, employing eight engines in total. The “/6” apparently refers to the number of lift engines.
The Fokker-Republic D.24 Alliance
, alternatively, uses only one engine, but swivels its exhaust nozzles to vector its thrust down or aft. This engine was the Bristol-Siddeley BS.100/3, an advanced version of the BS.53 that powered the P1127-Kestrel-Harrier, now injecting fuel into the plenum chambers that precede each nozzle to increase thrust. The drawing is of the earliest version of the D.24, as is apparent if you start to examine any of the details: Those variable-sweep wings somehow slide over the delta wing and hook in place when swept aft. Where, exactly, do those main wheels go at “X”? Considering that the aircraft CG is located somewhere between the fore and aft nozzles, would really mount your deployable weapons way back at “R” and “S”?
After thinking about it a little more, the D.24 evolved into this version, shown in a cutaway from FlightGlobal:
I don’t have the letter key, but it’s fairly obvious. What’s also apparent is that this airplane wouldn’t carry a lot of stores, maybe just a nuclear bomb semi-submerged beneath the engine. That main landing gear now retracts into area “K” and, from pictures of a display model, lies partially exposed.
I had thought that when Endsleigh Castle did these minimalist illustrations he just signed his initials, PEC. However, here is his illustration of the Lockheed P-3A Orion
, from RAF Flying Review
, Vol. 19, No. 6, signed the same way: