THE HANDLEY PAGE HALIFAX
The Handley Page Halifax was one of the British front-line, four-engined heavy bombers of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. A contemporary of the famous Avro Lancaster, the Halifax remained in service until the end of the war, performing a variety of duties in addition to bombing. The Halifax was also operated by squadrons of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Free French Air Force, Free Polish Air Force and after Word War II by the Royal Egyptian Air Force, the Armée de l'Air and the Royal Pakistan Air Force. More at Wikipedia


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Halifax Mk VII NA337
RCAF Memorial Museum at CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ontario


Specifications (Mk III)
General characteristics

Crew: 7
Length: 71 ft 7 in (21.82 m)
Wingspan: 104 ft 2 in (early Mks. had span of less than 100 ft (30 m) to fit through standard hangar doors) (31.75 m)
Height: 20 ft 9 in (6.32 m)
Wing area: 1,190 ft² (110.6 m²)
Loaded weight: 54,400 lb (24,675 kg)
Powerplant: × Bristol Hercules XVI radial engine, 1,615 hp (1,205 kW) each


Performance

Maximum speed: 282 mph (454 km/h) at 13,500 ft (4,115 m)
Range: 1,860 mi (3,000 km) combat
Service ceiling: 24,000 ft (7,315 m)
Rate of climb: 750 ft/min (3.8 m/s)
Wing loading: 45.7 lb/ft² (223.1 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.12 hp/lb (195 W/kg)


Armament

Guns: 8 × .303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns (4 in dorsal turret, 4 in tail turret), 1 × .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers K machine gun in nose
Bombs: 13,000 lb (5,897 kg) of bombs


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