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Handley Page Heyford

16 February 2015

Handley Page Heyford

Handley Page Heyford — San Diego Air & Space Museum archive photo

Handley Page Heyford — San Diego Air & Space Museum archive photo

Last of Britain’s biplane bomber aircraft the Heyford unusually had the fuselage and upper wing directly attached to one another while the lower wing’s thickened midsection’s bomb bay was capable of a 2500 pound/1134 kg bomb load. The open crew compartments as well as fabric covered wings and aft fuselage belie the modern metal monocoque forward fuselage and metal wing structure. Defensive armament was not overly intimidating with three .303 Lewis machine gun positions but the Heyford’s best defensive strategy was in flying missions at night at speeds up to 142 mph/229 km/h.

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  1. 16 February 2015 03:14

    An odd-looking bird, indeed (fuselage attached to upper wing)! The only HP aeroplanes I remember were the Victor V-bomber and the Jetstream turbo-prop, but the Hampden and Halifax bombers saw extensive combat service in WWII.

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