The first, and only, originally designed four engined heavy bomber for the RAF - as both the Lancaster and Halifax started life as twin engined aircraft. A genuine heavyweight coming in at 47,000 lbs, unloaded, some 10,000 lbs heavier than the Lancaster or Halifax. Poor wing design resulted in a ludicrous service ceiling of 15,000 ft although it regularly failed to achieve that when loaded, some 12,000 ft being a more likely operational height. Another design limitation was the inability to take any bomb larger than 2,000 lbs.
Despite these drawbacks the Stirling served with over 30 RAF Bomber Squadrons until late 1943 when it reverted to special ops and transport duties. Over...
Have been interested in photography since just after WW2, when film became freely available again, using Kodak Autographic equipment. Graduated, in the 50's, to 35mm and was involved in photographic work during my 17 yrs as RAF aircrew - navigator. Since retirement and migrating to Canon digital equipment have been involved with two of my sons and one grandson in a considerable amount of photographic activity, particularly composite images. Now producing digital art prints with the major emphasis on classic warbird aviation.
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