The Engine Programme

  • Alec Cairncross
Part of the St Antony’s book series


As explained earlier, we regarded the engine as the centre-piece of production planning. At first we took it for granted that there could never be too many engines and it was not until late in the war, and once we had confidence that the inflow of Merlin engines from America would continue, that we planned for more than a small decline in production.1 On the other hand, we had no more use for engines without aircraft than for aircraft without engines. Until at least 1943 we simply regarded it as axiomatic that engines would be the main limiting factor in the output of aircraft.


Engine Programme Aircraft Type Aircraft Production Engine Capacity Engine Accessory 
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© Sir Alec Cairncross 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alec Cairncross
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.St Antony’s CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.University of GlasgowUK

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