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Updated: 5 Aug 04

Full Official Name: Short Stirling

Manufacturer: Short Brothers

Variants:

Role: Heavy Bomber

Crew: ?

In service: late 1940

Withdrawn: 1944 from bombing

Operated by: (Sqns with Lincolnshire connection only)

Stirling MkI

75 Sqn, 90 Sqn, 1654 HCU, 1665 HCU

Stirling MkIII

75 Sqn, 90 Sqn, 199 Sqn, 1654 HCU, 1660 HCU, 1661 HCU, 1662 HCU, 1665 HCU

Stirling MkIV

51 Sqn, 1665 HCU

Stirling MkV

51 Sqn

History

Its split bomb bay, which could not accommodate the 4000lb blast bombs of later standard, helped push it out of bomber service.

Design

Air Ministry restricted the maximum wingspan to 100 feet at the time of design so aircraft could fit inside the then-standard hangar. Few bombers saw the inside of a hangar, however, being dispersed around the airfield perimeter tracks. The Stirling was strong but lacked speed and height, two of the three primary characteristics of Air Power (along with reach). It suffered from a multitude of fuel tanks and unreliable, tall undercarriage necessitated by large flaps (consequence of the wingspan limitation).

Engines

 

Armaments

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Performance

Max speed 270 mph at 14 500 ft. Max alt 17 000 ft

Combat radius

With a combat load of 3500 lbs the combat radius was 2010 miles.

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