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Another of the famous British heavy bombers of WW2 was the Halifax.

It is seen here on a flight out of Coffs Harbour.



Originally the HP.56 was designed as a twin engine bomber using the RR Vulture.



With the failure of the Vulture the HP.57 Halifax was redesigned around 4 Merlins and 100 were ordered off the drawing board as it showed great potential.


It first flew in October 1939, the original planes having triangular shape tail fins.


13,000 lbs of bombs could be carried.


Halifaxes were built by Handley Page, English Electric, The Rootes Group, Fairey Aviation and the London Aircraft Production Group


6178 were produced up to April 1945 and at peak production one Halifax was coming off the production line every hour.


Design changes included more powerful Merlin engines eventually being replaced by the Bristol Hercules in 1943. The tail fin as shown here, replaced the triangular one to solve rudder stall problems.


As with the Stirling, the bomb bay could not accommodate the 4000 Cookie bombs so the Halifax became a second choice bomber to the Lancaster. They were relegated to other theatres such as Italy and North Africa.


The Halifax was a highy useful transport plane and glider tug. They were widely used by SOE dropping agents and supplies into occupied Europe.


Other roles were reconnaissance, meteorological and anti submarine duties with Coastal Command.


The Halifax was named after the town in West Yorkshire.

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On ‎24‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 3:28 PM, adambar said:

Nothing like the old WW2 warbirds, that is one beautiful machine Martyn! :)  Outstanding job showing her and Coffs Harbour! :)

Thank you Adam.

On ‎24‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 3:39 PM, Bermuda425 said:

Fame shotz of this infamous plane Martyn!

Cheers Erik.

On ‎24‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 4:20 PM, jury42 said:

Great scenery!

Thank you Jury.

On ‎24‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 5:25 PM, Iain Emms said:

Cracking set of shots.



Cheers Iain.

On ‎24‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 6:52 PM, paulb said:

Lovely shots of a special aircraft! Sadly none flying today.

Thanks Paul, sadly no but they fared much better than the Stirling as there are from memory 2 complete examples in existence.

On ‎24‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 7:55 PM, bvdboomen said:

That's one bomber I do know. :)

Great caps and again, very informative.

Thank you, yes a bit more well known than the Stirling.

On ‎25‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 5:20 AM, Jack Sawyer said:

Great shots and history lesson Martyn!  I love this stuff!

Thank you Jack glad you enjoyed it.


Many thank yous for your great comments and interest.

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