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Monday, April 9th 2012, 3:51am


Bristol Buckingham

Bristol Type 163 Buckingham; a Blenheim replacement with better speed, range, bombload and self-defensive armament. A crew of four is carried and the self-defence armament consists of a dorsal turret with four .303in Browning MGs, four more fixed in the nose and two more on a ventral cupola. Bombload is 4,000lbs. First flight is planned for early 1940 and 250 are on order. Entry into service was late 1941.
Dimensions; 71.10/ 46.10/ 17.6/ 708 sq ft; 2x 2,520hp Bristol Centaurus II; max speed 330mph at 12,000ft; range 3,180 miles and service ceiling 25,000ft.


Sunday, April 15th 2012, 8:55pm

Commonwealth CAC-14 Wombat (based on OTL Miles M.33 Monitor)

Shore based torpedo bomber

General characteristics

Crew: 2
Length: 47 ft
Wingspan: 55 ft
Height: 14 ft
Wing area: 500 ft²
Empty weight: 15,500 lb
Max takeoff weight: 21,000 lb
Powerplant: Pratt & Witney 1,200 hp R-1830 Twin Wasp


Maximum speed: 270 mph at 15,000 ft
Cruise speed: 210 mph at 15,000 ft
Range: 2000 nm
Service ceiling 24,000 ft


4 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning guns (nose [2] & dorsal [2])
1,200 lb of bombs or depth charges or one torpedo.

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "Desertfox" (Apr 15th 2012, 8:55pm)


Sunday, February 24th 2019, 6:29pm

Avro Launceston B.1

In 1942 Avro began design work on a modernised Lancaster bomber with improved ceiling and range. In 1944 in response to RAAF requirements Avro took their design and further modified it with greater gross weight and the engines were changed for four Rolls-Royce Griffon V-12 engines. The prototype first flew in Britain in March 1945 and following completion of trials was shipped to Australia for further work and to act as a pattern aircraft for local production by Australian Aviation. 85 aircraft were built 1945-47 to equip the long-range bomber force.

Crew: 8 (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, radio operator, flight engineer, bomb aimer, two gunners)
Length: 78 ft 3½ in (23.86 m)
Wingspan: 120 ft (36.58 m)
Height: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
Wing area: 1,421 ft² (132 m²)
Empty weight: 46,400 lb (21,050 kg)
Loaded weight: 77,000 lb (34,930 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 86,000 lb (39,010 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × Rolls-Royce Griffon V, 2,500 hp (1,864 kW) each, driving six-bladed contra-rotating propellers
Maximum speed: 319 mph (513 km/h) at 18,800 ft (5,730 m)
Cruise speed: 215 mph (346 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,096 m)
Range: 2,930 mi (4,714 km); with maximum bomb-load 1,470 miles (2,365 km)
Service ceiling: 30,500 ft (9,296 m)
Rate of climb: 950 ft/min (289.5 m/min)
Armament: 4 × .50 in (12.7 mm) Browning machine guns in nose (remote-controlled) and tail turrets (equipped with AGLT) and 2 × 20mm Oerlikon FFB(A) cannon in dorsal turret; normal bombload up to 14,000 lb (6,400 kg) (exceptionally one 22,000 lb (10,000 kg) DP bomb)


Monday, February 25th 2019, 12:57pm

Australian Aviation AA-20 Woomera B.1

Australian Aviation began work on a new medium-range bomber to meet an RAAF and RANAS requirement for replacement for the Bristol Buckingham and CAC-14 Wombat in the tactical bomber and torpedo bomber roles. The layout was developed from the AA-39 Monarch airship fighter in having a rear-wing with end-fins and a forward canard wing. Turboprop engines were acquired from Britain for good performance and range and after armament trials it was decided to fit a quartet of the new British 30mm ADEN cannon. Two wingtip fuel tanks can be fitted to increase range. The first of three prototypes was first flown in July 1947 and 90 were built for the RAAF and RANAS from 1948 to 1949.

Crew: 2
Length: 32 ft (9.75 m)
Wingspan: Front 29 ft (8.22 m); Rear 50 ft (15.24 m)
Height: 12 ft (3.65 m)
Wing area: Front 80 ft² (7.43 m²); Rear 520 ft² (48.03 m²)
Empty weight: 24,000 lb (10,885 kg)
Loaded weight: 35,000 lb (15,875 kg)
Powerplant: 2× Rolls-Royce RB.39 Clyde II turboprop, 3,020shp + 1,225lb residual thrust (2,252 kW + 5,560 kN)
Maximum speed: 425 mph (683 km/h)
Range: 2,300 miles (3,700 km) (with external fuel tanks 3,500 miles (5,630 km))
Ceiling: 31,000 ft (9,450 m)
Armaments: 4x 30 mm ADEN cannon (nose-mounted); bombload up to 4,000 lb (1,814 kg) including 1x 21in torpedo