Goring (J8674 - when
can almost imagine conversations such as this:
Managing Director of Gloucester Aircraft Ltd: "The Air
Ministry's put out another bloody spec."
Gloucester's Chief Designer: "Oh, right. What's it
for this time?"
M.D. "23/25 calls for two seat day
bomber. See what you can whip up - nothing too fancy."
"No problem - I'll just clean up the design of the Goral a bit and then
M.D. "Fine - they probably aren't going to order it
......................and "they" didn't. Four aircraft were
submitted against the spec: The Goring, (seen
above in this uncontrasty image from Gloster's); the Handley Page
H.P.34 Hare; the Hawker
Harrier and the Westland
Witch. In the event the ministry considered that none
designs showed a marked increase in performance over
existing machines in that category and
the class was dropped.
Hopefully all the work was done on a Cost Plus basis.