Oral history of British science
Scott-Scott, John (Part 12 of 18). An Oral History of British Science.
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Aeronautical Engineering; Space Science and Engineering
Interviewee’s home, Bulkington.
Scott-Scott, John, 1934- (speaker, male)
Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)
Part 12: Remarks on: working with Ted Taterstill [?] of Hovermarine Ltd on water jet propulsion for hovercraft; USS Tucumcari hydrofoil, expected to purchased by Royal Navy. Story about JSS trip aboard Tucumcari to evaluate for the Royal Navy in the North Sea. [06:40] Story about JSS latter evaluation of the Flying Princess and lack of Royal Navy interest in hydrofoils. Remarks on ultimate fates of Tucumcari and Flying Princess. Anecdote about JSS time on board Tucumcari. [11:00] Comments on use of rocket pump technology in water jets, rig tests, laboratory; JSS learning from Val Cleaver of the cancellation of the Proteus powered waterjet. [14:00] Remarks on hovercraft: BHC's design for a large transatlantic hovercraft; JSS sent to BHC on Isle of Wight to help with propulsion system, leading to podded underwater jet engine plan, cancelled due to RR lack of interest; JSS offered job running test tank in San Diego; description of underwater jet engine; naval opposition to high speed propulsion; JSS chats with US Admiral Zumwalt. [21:55] Remarks on: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and American Society of Mechanical Engineer conferences, good for meeting people informally. Stories: meeting informally with American personnel outside their Californian institute, after British embassy forbade him to visit; later informal visits to Rocketdyne, including one connected with Star Wars. [26:50] Remarks on: Rolls Royce Ansty potential contributions to Star Wars; Skylon private funding arrangements; Rolls Royce bankruptcy in 1971; rocket turbine pumps use in powering laser canon generators; project cancellations.
Interview with aeronautical engineer John Scott-Scott.