Boulton-Paul P.29 Sidestrand
1926
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Boulton-Paul P.29 Sidestrand

Following their experience with the Bourges and Bugle twin-engine biplane bomber prototypes, Boulton & Paul desighed a new aircraft to meet Specification 9/24 for a three/four-seat medium day bomber. The first of two Boulton & Paul P.29 Sidestrand Mk I prototypes flew in 1926, and the company received an order for 18 production aircraft. Deliveries to the newly re-formed No. 101 Squadron at Bircham Newton began in 1928, the first batch of six aircraft being of the Sidestrand Mk II version with ungeared Bristol Jupiter VI engines. These were followed by nine of the Sidestrand Mk III versions with geared Jupiter VIIIFs, and the final three production aircraft were replacement Mk IIs.

The Sidestrand inherited the good manoeuvrability of the Bourges, but despite proving to be an excellent aircraft for bombing and gunnery, only No. 101 Squadron was equipped. Three Sidestrand Mk Ills were converted to Sidestrand Mk V configuration but were then renamed Overstrand; these began to replace their predecessors in December 1934.

Boulton-Paul P.29 Sidestrand


Specification 
 ENGINE2 x Bristol Jupiter VIIIF radial piston engines, 343kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight4627 kg10201 lb
    Empty weight2726 kg6010 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan21.92 m72 ft 11 in
    Length14.02 m46 ft 0 in
    Height4.52 m15 ft 10 in
    Wing area91.04 m2979.95 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed225 km/h140 mph
    Ceiling7315 m24000 ft
    Range805 km500 miles
 ARMAMENT3 x 7.7mm guns, 476kg of bombs

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Boulton-Paul P.29 SidestrandA three-view drawing (674 x 728)

Comments
Frank, 05.07.2010

Can you tell me what colour the upper fuselage was painted? The black and white photo makes it look like the red used on the roundels . I beleive the main colour was silver.

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