- Jul 1, 2007
How the hell did the yanks develop that? The US was turbos all the way OTL and was exceptionally dismissive of supercharges, till the Merlin turned their heads anyway. Are we then seeing a deep change in US engine philosophy? Are turbo-superchargers seen as a symbol of decadent imperialist capitalism, while mechanical superchargers are an honest, egalitarian power source for the flying proletariat?
I've been told by well informed persons that the companies were developing the P-40 with a supercharger/turboharger (I might confuse them, technical English isn't my forte) from the get-go IOTL, but that the Army practically told them to rip it out. I merely assumed that TTL they didn't.
As for the brain drain: The same person talked me into the Mustang designer legging it, and he wanted several other designers (P-47, F-8F) to have fled too but I decided not to drain the Americans too much. Basically they still have the great minds behind the Essex Class, most of Curtiss-Wright, all of Allison and all of Boeing. It merely appears that all the brain drained out. (I merely mentoin those that I like, the others fall by the wayside. )