Handley Page V/1500 (H.P.15)
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Ordered as an experimental bomber in the summer of 1917, the large four-engined V/1500 was envisaged for the purpose of bombing Berlin from bases in England and was designed to carry five tons of crew and disposable load. The Armistice intervened before the weather was sufficiently favourable for the three machines delivered to fly to the German capital. Power for each aircraft was provided by four 279.5kW Rolls-Royce Eagle VIIIs mounted in tandem pairs.
The first long flight of a V/1500 was from England to India, which included one stretch of 1,285km over water and another non-stop stage of 1,610km from Cairo to Baghdad.
Mr Gordon Stewart, e-mail, 24.05.2020 Daivd Stroup