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Short S.29 Stirling

First of the RAF's four-engined heavy bombers. Soon replaced by the Lancaster and Halifax, and used as targer tug. The shortcomings of the Stirling were mostly due to faulty specifications. The Stirling had a too small wing, and the towering high undercarriage of the Stirling was required to give the small wing a sufficient incidence for take-off and landing. The Stirling Mk.V (160 pieces) was a transport version for 40 paratroopers or big load.

General characteristics Stirling Mk.III
Primary function Heavy bomber
Power plant Four 14cylinder Bristol Hercules XVI radial engines
Thrust 4x 1,650 HP 4x 1,230 kW
Wingspan 99.1 ft 30.20 m
Length 87.3 ft 26.6 m
Height 22.8 ft 6.94 m
Wingarea 1,460 sq ft 135.63 sq m
Weight empty 46,900 lb 21,273 kg
max. 70,000 ft 31,750 kg
Speed 270 mph 435 km/h
Initial climb rate 800 ft/min 244 m/min
Ceiling 17,000 ft 5,182 m
Range 2,010 mi 3,235 km
Armament 8x 7.7mm machine gun; 8,165 kg bombs
Crew 7-8
First flight 14.5.1939
Date deployed May 1940
Number built 2,375 (incl. Mk.V)

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