Jet Powered lancaster.

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  1. Atomicgamernl

    Atomicgamernl New Member

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    #1 Atomicgamernl, Apr 29, 2016
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    Test Engines: Armstrong Whitworth ASX & ASP / Metropolitan-Vickers F1/F2 "Beryl" / Rolls Royce "Nean" & "Dwent" Specification For MK B-I

    1. Engine: 4x Rolls-Royce "Merlin"XXII inline piston engines @ 1,460 hp each

    1. Wing Span: 102'

    1. Length: 69' 2''

    1. Height: 20' 6''

    1. Weight: Empty 36,900 lb / Loaded 68,000 lb

    1. Maximum Speed: 287 mph

    1. Ceiling: 24,500'

    1. Range: 2,530 miles

    1. Crew: 7

    1. Armament: 8 x 303'' Browning machine guns / 18,000 lb of bombs
    History:
    Used to test a number of engines of all types, the first jet engine tested was Metropolitan-Vickers F2 "Beryl" axial-flow engine in 1943, the first flight being on 29/6/1943. The conversion was done by Armstrong Whitworth, with the engine being mounted in the rear of the first prototype Lancaster (BT308) in place of the rear turret, with a single intake being on the top of the fuselage in front of the twin tail plane, the dorsal turret being removed, a year later a Mk II (LL735) was fitted out in the same way, being used to test the F2/4 "Beryl" engine.
     

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    Very interesting.

    I knew about the DC-3s with RR Darts but did not know the Lanc and Wimpey had been engine test beds for jets even though it is obvious in hindsight.

    Have you any photos?

    Mi
     
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    Oh Yes yes sorry i didnt upload them
     

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    If you google images 'jet Lancaster' you will get pictures of several of them including the Swedish test Lancaster and some Lincolns.
     
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