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Great Britain's first four-engine heavy bomber was the Handley-Page V/1500 biplane. Heavily armed with six machine guns, it was the first British plane with guns in the tail. The V/1500 was capable of carrying 2 giant bombs or as many as 30 smaller bombs and like the Vickers Vimy it was designed with sufficient range to reach Berlin from the airfields of England. Of 225 planes ordered in 1918, only 35 V/1500 bombers were constructed before the Armistice brought an end to the war. None of them saw action until May 1919 when V/1500s were used to thwart an insurrection in India.
Handley Page V/1500 Specifications
Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Handley Page Ltd.
Type: Heavy Bomber
Entered Service: May 1918
Number Built: 35
Engine(s): 4 Rolls Royce Eagle VIII, 12 cylinder, liquid cooled, inline V, 375 hp
Wing Span: 126 ft (38.41 m)
Length: 62 ft (18.9 m)
Height: 23 ft (7.01 m)
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 24,700 lb (11,204 kg)
Max Speed: 97 mph (156 km/h)
Ceiling: 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
Endurance: 6 hours
Crew: 4
Armament: 6 machine guns
7,500 lb (3,402 kg) of bombs
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