BRI­TISH AIR WAYS

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I have just read Bob Mur­doch’s ar­ti­cle on the Royal En­field Air­flow in RC161 and I found it re­ally en­joy­able. As the owner of En­field’s first at­tempt at stream­lin­ing (some may re­mem­ber my Dream­liner ar­ti­cle in RC146) it is re­fresh­ing to see how the Red­ditch de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers fi­nally got the Air­flow fair­ing into pro­duc­tion. I like to think that they would have sought a lit­tle guid­ance from Lawrie Watts in its de­sign.

Royal En­field have never re­ally been ap­pre­ci­ated for their in­no­va­tive de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing, but this shows how in­ven­tive they were at the time. De­sign­ing any form of stream­lin­ing with­out the ben­e­fit of com­puter aided de­sign was a real achieve­ment back in those days and it’s nice to see that Bob ap­pre­ci­ates it as much as I do.

Richard Har­vey, mem­ber 713

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