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Updated: 5 Aug 04

Full Official Name: Page Halifax

Manufacturer: Handley Page

Variants:

MkI :: Merlins engines, 3 turrets.
MkII ::Merlins engines, 2 turrets.
MkIII :: Bristol Pegasus engines, square fins and rudders, glass nose, 2 turrets.

Role: Heavy Bomber

Crew: ?

In service:

Withdrawn:

Operated by: (Sqns with Lincolnshire connection only)

(Not Specified)

51 Sqn, 103 Sqn, 199 Sqn, 301 Sqn, 420 Sqn, 460 Sqn,

Halifax Mk I

35 Sqn, 1662 HCU

Halifax Mk II

35 Sqn, 51 Sqn, 103 Sqn, 301 Sqn, 460 Sqn, 1654 HCU, 1660 HCU, 1661 HCU, 1662 HCU, 1667 HCU, 1668 HCU

Halifax Mk III

35 Sqn, 51 Sqn, 199 Sqn, 420 Sqn, 1662 HCU, 1665 HCU, 21 HGCU

Halifax Mk V

301 Sqn, 1654 HCU, 1660 HCU, 1662 HCU, 1665 HCU, 1667 HCU, 1668 HCU

Halifax Mk VI

1665 HCU

Halifax Mk VII

1665 HCU, 21 HGCU

Halifax Mk VIII

301 Sqn

History

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.

Design

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.

Engines

4 engines. Early models with Merlin engines suffered from being overweight. Later models were fitted with more powerful Bristol Hercules engines

Armaments

Similar to Lancaster.

Performance

280 mph at 13 500ft. Max height 20 000 ft.

Combat radius

With combat load of 7 000 lbs it had a combat radius of 1985 miles..

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