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Handley Page H.P.57 Halifax

Heavy bomber, less known than the Lancaster but almost as important. It was built both with Rolls-Royce Merlin liquid-cooled and Bristol Hercules radial engines. The Halifax was a mid-wing aircraft with twin fins and rudders and a fuselage of rectangular cross-section. Halifaxes flew 75532 missions during WWII. They were also used as glider tug and transport. A nickname was "Halibag".

General characteristics Halifax B Mk. III
Primary function Heavy bomber
Power plant Four Bristol Hercules XVI 14cylinder tworadial engines
Thrust 4x 1,650 HP 4x 1,230 kW
Wingspan 104 ft 31.75 m
Length 71.6 ft 21.82 m
Height 20.7 ft 6.32 m
Wingarea 1,275 sq ft 118.45 sq m
Weight empty 38,240 lb 17,345 kg
max. 65,000 lb 29,484 kg
Speed max. 311 mph 501 km/h
Initial climb rate 751 ft/min 229 m/min
Ceiling 24,000 ft 7,315 m
Range 1,261 mi 2,030 km
Armament 9x 7.7mm machine gun; 5,890 kg bombs
Crew Seven
First flight Prototype 25.3.1939
Date deployed Halifax I 11.10.1940
Halifax III July 1943
Number built 6,176
Users GB, Australia, France (FFL), Canada, New Zealand

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