The conception of the Pegasus engine in 1957 upset all the conventions of aircraft design. It was previously usual for aircraft designers to seek a suitable engine, but this was an engine that sought an aircraft. The aircraft that resulted was the famous Harrier that is still in front-line service with air forces around the world including the RAF and US Marine Corps. This book takes an in-depth look at the engine’s original design concept, initial production and flight testing. It then goes on to explain how the developments and improvements have been made over the ensuing years and includes experiences of operational combat flying, both from land and sea. The book is written in a non technical style that makes comfortable reading for all enthusiasts and historians and is copiously illustrated with many previously unseen photographs and diagrams.
PEGASUS: THE HEART OF THE HARRIER The History and Development of the World’s First Operational Vertical Take-off and Landing Jet Engine
A masterly account of the genesis and subsequent development and use of the Pegasus vectored thrust turbofan engine, the engine that created the only VTOL plane that has any track record in aviation, the famous Harrier. For those with an interest in aircraft engineering this is a recommended read.
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Softback, 258 pages