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Avro 679 Manchester



Twin-engined heavy bomber. Manchester was basically a good aircraft, but the Vulture engine was unreliable and dangerous. The Manchester is remembered because of its four-engined development, the Lancaster.

General characteristics Manchester Mk.I
Primary function Heavy bomber
Power plant Two Rolls-Royce Vulture I engines
Thrust 2x 1,120 HP 2x 1,500 kW
Wingspan 90 ft 27.46 m
Length 70 ft 21.34 m
Height 19.5 ft 5.94 m
Weight empty 31,200 lb 14,152 kg
max. about 50,000 lb 22,680 kg
Speed max. 250 mph 402 km/h
Ceiling 19,200 ft 5,852 m
Range 1,200 mi 1,930 km (max. load)
Armament 8x 7.7mm machine gun; 4,695 kg (10,350 lb) bombs
Crew Seven
First flight 25.7.1939
Date deployed 1940
Number built 209


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