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Fairey Battle

Elegant single-engined monoplane bomber. The Battle was too big an aircraft to be powered by a single Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, and battles in France (as "Advanced Air Striking Force") in May 1940 it was quickly demonstrated to be woefully vulnerable. The concept of this single-engined bomber was outdated. After 1940 only used in Canada and Australia as trainer and target tug.

General characteristics Battle Mk.II
Primary function Light bomber
Power plant One Rolls-Royce Merlin II
Thrust 1,030 HP 768 kW
Wingspan 54 ft 16.46 m
Length 42.4 ft 12.93 m
Height 15.0 ft 4.57 m
Wingarea 422 sq ft 39.20 sq m
Weight empty 7,410 lb 3,361 kg
max. 10,900 lb 4,944 kg
Speed max. 252 mph 406 km/h
Initial rate of climb 919 ft/min 280 m/min
Ceiling 26,000 ft 7,925 m
Range 1,200 mi 1,931 km
Armament 2x 7.7mm machine gun; 454 kg bombs
Crew Three
First flight 10.3.1936
Date deployed 1937
Number built 2,419

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