YouTube – Handley Page Halifax
(Outside view of takeoff begins around 4:45)
Bristol Hercules Radials
4 x 1,615 h.p. ea.
9 x 7.7 mm
71 ft. 7 in.
104 ft. 2 in.
Handley Page Halifax
The Handley Page Halifax was a British long range bomber aircraft that was extensively employed during World War II. Although not as famous as some other British aircraft, the Halifax played a major role towards securing an Allied victory. It was the first four engine bomber to fly sorties against Germany forces.
The origins of the Handley Page Halifax trace back to a 1930’s twin engine design utilizing trouble prone RR Vulture engines. In 1937 the design was highly modified by adding two additional engines. The Vulture engines were dropped in favor of Merlin X and Bristol Hercules radial engines which proved far more reliable. Based solely upon the new aircraft design, the RAF placed an initial order for 100 aircraft. The new design took to the sky in October of 1939, with deployment in late 1940. Their first missions were flown against German forces occupying France in March of 1941.
As the War progressed, the Halifax bomber was improved. Total fuel capacity and ordnance payloads were increased, wings were lengthened, additional defensive armament and all weather radar were added, additional streamlining, including a retractable tail wheel, were employed, and more powerful engines were fitted to the aircraft. The results were an aircraft that was more survivable, with greater range, speed and altitude than its predecessors.
In addition to their primary function as bombers, versatile Handley Page Halifax aircraft also were employed for reconnaissance, to tow gliders, and to transport airborne troops.
After the War a number of Handley Page Halifax aircraft were converted for civil aviation use as passenger and cargo transports. Others soldiered on, serving in the English Coastal Command for maritime patrol and search and rescue. Both France and Pakistan continued to utilize the aircraft, with the last Halifax aircraft being retired from active duty by Pakistan in 1961.
Over 6,175 Handley Page Halifax aircraft of all types were produced.
Handley Page Halifax
The RC Handley Page Halifax built by Ty Brown has a 12 ft. 2 in. wingspan and weighs around 46 lbs. Power comes from Scorpion 4020-16 engines.