Handley Page Halifax

The first Handley Page Halifax prototype took off in 1939, and joined the Bomber Command in 1940. This aircraft was the only British heavy bomber to operate in the Middle-East. Less known (and to some extent eclipsed by) the Lancaster, the Halifax nevertheless equipped at its peak 34 squadrons of the RAF.

In some respects, this bomber was considered the best in its class and a very versatile military aircraft. Though it is mainly remembered for its night raids over Europe, the Halifax took on many other duties, acting as an ambulance, pathfinder, personal transport, glider-tug and maritime reconnaissance aircraft.

Handley Page Halifax

Even though the Lancaster got the glory, the Handley Page Halifax, according to its pilots, had a formidable striking power and, overall, was a superb heavy bomber.

Type Heavy  bomber – Long-range maritime patroller – Transport
Power Plant Four   4x 1,280hp Rolls-Royce Merlin X V-12  liquid-cooled
Max speed: 500  km/h (280 mph)
Ceiling: 7  315 m (24,000 ft.)
Range: 2  000 km (1,240 mi.)
Weight (empty): 17  345 kg (38,159 lb.)
Weight (loaded): 29  484 kg (64,865 lb.)
Wingspan: 31,75  m (98’10”)
Length: 21,82  m (70’1″)
Height: 6,33  m (21’)
Armament: Height 7,7 mm (.303-cal) Browning machine guns and 6 577 kg (14,500  lb.) of bombs

2 thoughts on “Handley Page Halifax

  1. Maurice Long

    I hope someone can help me, I am trying to find a picture of a Handley Page Halifax.II…..Serial No….. LW344.which was piloted by Herbert Garthwaite of Austerfield Near Doncaster and crashed in 1944 killing all on board, Herbert Garthwaite was only 20years old at the time, I am trying to trace this for an old friend of mine who is 88yrs old and new Herbert and his family,I have the write up of this but would if possible like a picture of the aircraft of this serial No.If anyone can help me could they send it to me via my email address.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Long


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