Who is fossil hunter Mary Anning?

Who is fossil hunter Mary Anning?

Lyme Regis residents called the coiled-up ammonites “snake stones” What did Mary Anning discover? The French naturalist George Cuvier had demonstrated that fossils were the remains of fantastical creatures that no longer roamed the earth, but it was Mary...
Spitfire: frequently asked questions

Spitfire: frequently asked questions

What Engine did the Spitfire Have? The Supermarine Spitfire is the most iconic British aircraft of World War Two. It has a unique sound, made by the 12-cylindered engine. Most Supermarine Spitfires had the Rolls-Royce Merlin, a V-12 engine of 27 litres. Later marks of...

Merlins over Everest

A Supermarine Spitfire flew over Mount Everest on 26 May, 1945. A Supermarine Spitfire at high altitude Then on 16 June another Merlin-powered aircraft, a de Havilland Mosquito belonging to RAF 684 Squadron, based at Alipore airfield, Calcutta, made an “accidental”...

Cost of the Merlin engine

A sectioned Rolls-Royce Merlin engine When I was writing my book about the Rolls-Royce Merlin I discovered some amazing facts. There has never been another engine more thoroughly, continuously, aggressively and successfully developed than the Merlin. How much does a...
Which planes used the Merlin engine?

Which planes used the Merlin engine?

Four Merlins were installed in the Avro Lancaster The Merlin engine was used in over forty aircraft during World War Two but it is mostly associated with the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, Avro Lancaster bomber and the de Havilland Mosquito. Then there were...