Oral history of British science

Scott-Scott, John (Part 16 of 18). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Aeronautical Engineering; Space Science and Engineering

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    Interviewee’s home, Bulkington.

  • Interviewees

    Scott-Scott, John, 1934- (speaker, male)

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    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

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    Part 16 [originally recorded as track 17]: Comments on: adaptation of gas turbines to marine propulsion; discussions with American admiral over ships needing three crews to man them; description of Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull [SWATH] vessel, designed to be stable in rough seas. [04:32] Story about JSS trying to interest a disinterested Royal Navy in a Spey engine powered SWATH vessel. Story about JSS taking his SWATH vessel concept to US Navy at Annapolis, sparking a security scare as they didn't believe JSS could have done the calculations on a desk calculator. [08:57] Remarks on: successful SWATH model tests in USA; Royal Navy [RN] preoccupation with slow convoy speeds; links between work on rockets and maritime engineering; attraction and origins of SWATH concept; technical considerations of SWATH vessels, drag, ballasting for fuel consumed, control surfaces, problems finding suitable ports; [15:05] reasons for not trying to interest British shipbuilding in the idea; high propeller efficiency of SWATH; American SWATH prototypes and tank tests, viewed by JSS; American engineers at Annapolis; advantages of hydrofoils, tested by JSS on behalf of RN; water jet propulsion. [20:30] Remarks on: fitting work in; difficulty calculating codes for SWATH ships, help from female calculating colleague; rearrangement of RR after collapse of rocket department; JSS paper on producing energy from Sea; JSS position in RR c.1980, attached to future projects, with reference to salary and advancement arrangements; [26:50] large degree of freedom of job for JSS; JSS enjoying variety of his career; JSS interest in studying fluid flows, happiest while testing something. [30:45] Comments on: JSS and involvement with fixing later Concorde fuel system problem; [34:00] comparison of level and vertical take-off aircraft, rockets, spacecraft, problem of swoop of death; [40:50] HOTOL robotic payloads, possibility of Skylon passenger carriage; arrangement for safely landing Skylon.

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    Interview with aeronautical engineer John Scott-Scott.

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    John Scott-Scott interviewed by Dr Thomas Lean: full transcript of the interview

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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