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    RAF Constant Speed Propellers

    I found this interesting article about the use of constant speed propellers by the RAF during the Battle of Britain. It tells the story of a driven Squadron Leader working with industry to convert Fighter Command's force over to CSPs. By early August all Spitfires had CSPs and Hurricanes were converted by the middle of that month, all without taking the planes out of service.

    I've never read about this impressive task in the historic writing on the battle.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs...attle-britain/

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    Re: RAF Constant Speed Propellers

    This is very interesting.

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    Re: RAF Constant Speed Propellers

    Spitfires were converted earlier... most done by July... Hurricanes all by late August.

    It was a relatively simple matter to convert the existing two pitch De Havilland props to constant speed... could be done in a couple hours.

    People have asked why we don't have Constant Speed De-Havilland Spit IA models... which would look identical to the Two Pitch Spit I's.... the reason is there was very little difference in performance between the Spit IA with a Rotol CSP prop and the Spit IA with the De Havilland CSP... and would just clutter up the game with additional aircraft... and cause lots of questions.

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    I found this interesting article about the use of constant speed propellers by the RAF during the Battle of Britain. It tells the story of a driven Squadron Leader working with industry to convert Fighter Command's force over to CSPs. By early August all Spitfires had CSPs and Hurricanes were converted by the middle of that month, all without taking the planes out of service.

    I've never read about this impressive task in the historic writing on the battle.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs...attle-britain/

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