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Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF by Daniel-Wales-Images

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Bristol Blenheim (Mk IV shown) was a British light bomber aircraft that was used extensively in the early days of the Second World War. It was adapted as an interim long-range and night fighter, pending the availability of the Beaufighter. It was one of the first British aircraft to have all-metal stressed-skin construction, to utilise retractable landing gear, flaps, powered gun turret and variable pitch propellers. A Canadian-built variant was named the Bolingbroke.

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1937-1944 Bristol Blenheim. Light Bomber / Fighter. RAF, RCAF, FAF, RYAF. Engine: 2 x Bristol Mercury XV radial engine (920 hp) Armament: 1 x .303 Browning machine gun, 1 x 2 .303 browning guns under-nose or Nash & Thomson FN.54 turret, 2 x .303 Browning guns in dorsal turret. Max speed: 266 mph (428 km/h)

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“Blenheim aircraft from 60 Squadron RAF level out for the “run in” to make a mast-head attack on a Japanese coaster off Akyab, Burma in 1942.” (via)

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