The Whirlwind story, had largely been over before it began. No sooner the aircraft had been delivered to its first operational  squadron (No 263) and moved to Exeter, then it was cancelled.

Lord Beaverbrook, appointed by, and  friend of Winston Churchill, who  had  been appointed as Minister for Aircraft Production stated simply in October 1940.

"Whirlwind production to be abandoned".

Yet the design held a great deal of promise. In effect the Whirlwind was a prototype which had gone straight into production. As testament to the viability of the  concept, it remained in front line  service for three years without  modification . By the time the Whirlwind had been declared obsolescent in January 1944. The Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV had entered service with 401 sqn and in February of that same year,  Supermarine  had announced the new Mk XXI. The last  14 remaining Whirlwinds were then  finally put up for disposal 19th December of that year.

Fact & Fiction               Phil Earl Illustrator and Author


Professor Knutz ,is an accidental time traveller. Go back in time, uncover real event, some of which, even have an element of truth.... the roots of language. Why do we use some of the words in common usage today today?

-Excerpt from forthcoming title

Whirlwind Fighter Project

Movietone News Clip

Filmed at Warmwell,

with many of the aerial clips

taken over Lyme Bay,

Dorset .From footage taken

on the 11th of February 1943.

Scenario      Squadron


5th February 1941


" I think the four cannon will be most effective against enemy bombers, these bombers came over at an average height of 18,000ft last Autumn. The Whirlwind does 355mph at 16,000ft and 342mph at 20,000ft it could in my opinion be 'boosted up' to give a better performance".

Sholto Douglas    Commander in Chief