Watch: How One Decision Ruined British Aircraft Engines

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Whilst Britain was legendary for its aircraft engines in the second world war (particularly those made by Rolls-Royce), there was a huge achillies heel that affected their development during that time. British engine manufacturers didn't adopt fuel injection like their German counterparts and stuck to carburettors instead, leading to noticeable performance deficits in some areas and some potentially dangerous issues when performing certain manouvres! This video by Military Aviation History explains the difference between carburated and fuel-injected aircraft engines of the time and why British manufacturers chose not to use fuel injection.

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  • Its true the 109 had fuel injection although with some clever trickery to the Spitfires carburettors float chamber the 109’s advantage in that manoeuvre was short lived.

    Of course the Spitfire didn’t have the maximum altitude of the 109 but it did have a tighter rate of turn, very useful in a dogfight.

      19 days ago
    • They were both very well-matched aircraft that had different strengths and weaknesses.

        19 days ago