I had a look round the cab of “Mallard” at the weekend. Doing 126 mph in that must have been both exhilarating and terrifying. Like trying to break the sound barrier in a flying gas works.
One thing that struck me was how rough they were up close. All that effort went into streamlining then they fastened the fairings on with dirty great sticky-out bolts. Not bad though when you consider it they were designed nearly 80 years ago!
There is You Tube footage of “Bittern” doing 90mph in May this year which is quite impressive.