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Bristol Hercules R
4 x 1,615 h.p. ea.
39,000 lbs.
68,000 lbs.
14,500 lbs.
9 x 7.7 mm
71 ft. 7 in.
104 ft. 2 in.
282 mph
750 fpm
24,000 feet
1,985 miles

Halifax B
Halifax B

The Halifax B, produced by Handley Page, was the second in the series of long range bomber aircraft. It was produced in the greatest numbers of the series, and featured more powerful engines, longer range, and better armament than its predecessors.  Although not as famous as some other British aircraft, the Halifax B played a major role towards securing an Allied victory during the Second World War. It was the first four engine bomber to fly sorties against Germany forces.

The origins of the Halifax B 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 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 B was improved. Total fuel capacity and ordnance payloads were increased, wings were lengthened, additional defensive armament and all weather radar was added, additional streamlining, including a retractable tail wheel, was employed, and more powerful engines were fitted to the aircraft. The results were an aircraft that was more survivable, had greater range, speed, and altitude.

In addition to their primary function as bombers, versatile Halifax B aircraft also were employed for reconnaissance, to tow gliders, and to transport airborne troops.

After the War a number of Halifax B 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 B being retired from active duty by Pakistan in 1961.

A total of 6,176 Halifax B aircraft of all types were produced.

Halifax B
Halifax B - Brown

The pictures right above and below are of the great looking Halifax B built by Ty Brown. It has a 12' 2" wingspan and weighs around 46 lbs. Power comes from Scorpion 4020-16 motors.

The second picture down is of the 79" wingspan Halifax B built by Mark of RC Universe from Nexus Plans. The model is powered by OSFS .30 engines.

Kit Cutters has a Halifax B kit for sale made from an Alan Roberts design. It has a 79" wingspan, with power by .15 engines.

The last picture below is of another Halifax B from a Kit Cutters kit. This one is from Nexus Plans. Kit Cutters has two sizes of the radio control airplane. One with a 54" wingspan and another with a 79" wingspan. Kit Cutters also has Halifax B plans for sale.

Halifax B
Halifax B - low pass.

Halifax B
Halifax B - Mark

Halifax B
Halifax B - Kit Cutters

Ty of RC Groups started a thread about building a model of the Halifax B.

RobZ of RC Groups had questions about the Halifax B.

Steiny of RC Universe was asking about the construction of a Halifax B.

At You Tube ferda131313 posted a video of a Halifax B.

Pete Crowley built a Halifax B. It has a wingspan of 101" and is powered by Mega 600/20/8 motors. Weight is about 17 lbs.

Glen Peters scratch built his Halifax B. Its wingspan is 91". Power comes from OS .25 engines. It weighs around 19 lbs.

Robert Krotinowsky has a giant scale Halifax B with a wingspan of 165" that uses G-23 engines. We do not know the weight of the rc airplane.

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