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Great Britain's Handley Page Hereford bomber

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  • Handley Page Hereford bomber
  • Handley Page Hereford bomber
  • Handley Page Hereford bomber
  • Handley Page Hereford bomber
  • Handley Page Hereford bomber
  • Handley Page Hereford bomber
  • Handley Page Hereford bomber
  • Handley Page Hereford bomber
  • Handley Page Hereford bomber

Design

The Hereford design was originally intended for Sweden, but negotiations fell through. The engine was replaced and it was used by the RAF.

The Hereford was nearly identical to the Hampden.

Prototype

The HP.53 Hereford prototype first flew in July 1937 with Pegasus engines. The Pegasus were replaced by the Dagger engine and flown in October 1938 for the first time.

Production

  • Hereford: 100, 101
    • Manufacturer: Shorts, Short and Harland at Belfast

Variants

  • Hereford: Trainer. Had a Napier Dagger engine.

Specifications

  Handley Page Hereford
Engine (Type) 2: Napier Dagger VIII
HP 1,000 each
Dimensions  
Span 69' 2"
Length 53' 7"
Height 14' 11"
Performance  
Speed 275 mph
Armament  
Nose - Fixed 1: MG
Nose - Flexible 1: MG
Dorsal position 2: MG
Ventral position 2: MG

Sources:

  1. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  2. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  3. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  4. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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