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Armstrong WHITLEY

Built to the British Air Ministry specification B.3/34 the prototype Whitley first flew in March 1936. It was the first heavy bomber to go into large scale production for the Royal Air Force, with the first Whitley being delivered in March 1937.

In the early months of the war it was used by the RAF Bomber Command on pamphlet-dropping sorties an...

Last Update: Tuesday February 17, 2009

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Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8

The Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 was a two seat reconnaissance and light bomber that went into action on the Western Front with the RFC commencing in January 1917. The aircraft proved to be popular and well liked by crews who nicknamed the type as the "Big Ack". The F.K.8 provided excellent service as particularly in the roles of artillery spotting and...

Last Update: Tuesday February 17, 2009

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Armstrong-Whitworth ATLAS

Designed for that all-embracing role "Army Co-Operation", the Armstrong Whitworth "Atlas" was a two-seat biplane first acquired by the RCAF in 1927. Its excellent low-flying characteristics, as displayed when utilized in message dropping and snatching, made it a first class ground attack aeroplane.

In November of 19...

Last Update: Monday February 16, 2009

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The four-engine Avro "Lancaster", a direct development of the unsuccessful twin-engine Manchester became the 'mighty pulverizer' of the RAF's Bomber Command, able to carry the great 22,000-pound "Ten-Ton Tessie", also known as the "Grand Slam", the heaviest bomb-load lifted by any bomber of World War II. Its most notable single exploit was the...

Last Update: Saturday February 23, 2013

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The Avro Manchester had a relatively brief service career, from November 1940 to June 1942, largely because of problems associated by the unreliability and eventual lack of power shown by the Rolls-Royce Vulture I engines with which it was fitted. The bomber could, however, maintain height on one engine, and in one case an aircraft flew 600 miles...

Last Update: Tuesday February 17, 2009

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In 1943, an improved version of the Lancaster was proposed for the war in the Pacific. The aircraft featured larger dimensions, more powerful engines, better performance, heavier armament and longer range. Originally intended to be designated the Lancaster Mk IV, the eventual design was sufficiently different to warrant a new designation and name and...

Last Update: Thursday May 16, 2013

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Blackburn SHARK

The RCAF became interested in acquiring a torpedo bomber starting in 1935. It turned to the RAF for assistance and on the RAF's advice, it acquired seven Blackburn Shark Mk II aircraft powered by 760 hp Armstrong Siddeley Tiger VI engines in 1937.

These aircraft were tested and consequently uprated 840 hp Bristol Pegasus Mk IX engi...

Last Update: Tuesday March 20, 2012

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Blackburn SKUA

The Blackburn Skua was the first British monoplane specifically designed for dive bombing and the first enemy aircraft claimed by Britain in the Second World War was shot down by the crew of a Skua off the coast of Norway on 25 September 1939. As a fighter, however, the design was already obsolete and losses were heavy.

As a dive-bomber, the ty...

Last Update: Tuesday February 17, 2009

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