|Aircraft :: Halifax|
Updated: 5 Aug 04
Full Official Name: Page Halifax
Manufacturer: Handley Page
MkI :: Merlins engines, 3 turrets.
Role: Heavy Bomber
Operated by: (Sqns with Lincolnshire connection only)
Halifax Mk I
Halifax Mk II
Halifax Mk III
Halifax Mk V
Halifax Mk VI
Halifax Mk VII
Halifax Mk VIII
An early serious design flaw in the rudders caused many fatalities. The design was transformed through removing the front turret, armour plate, modifying or removing the mid-upper turret, re-engining and and redesigning rudders, it was transformed into a solid, dependable, but unexciting aircraft. The Halifax mainly replaced the Whitley-equipped Sqns in 4 Group.
All metal, heavier and squarer than the Lancaster but very similar in design. Its early design faults and haphazard arrangement of internal controls, dials and switches made it harder work to fly.
4 engines. Early models with Merlin engines suffered from being overweight. Later models were fitted with more powerful Bristol Hercules engines
Similar to Lancaster.
280 mph at 13 500ft. Max height 20 000 ft.
With combat load of 7 000 lbs it had a combat radius of 1985 miles..
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