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Bristol Pegasus
2 x 1,000 hp. ea.
18,560 lbs.
28,500 lbs.
4,500 lbs.
6 x 7.7 mm
64 ft. 7 in.
86 ft. 2 in.
235 mph
1,050 fpm
18,000 feet
2,550 miles

The Vickers Wellington bomber, that was first deployed in 1938, was known for its ability to absorb enormous amounts of punishment from both anti aircraft batteries and enemy aircraft. This is credited to the unique design of the aircraft which incorporated a metal mesh airframe. The airframe was covered in fabric.

There were six squadrons of Wellingtons based in England at the beginning of the Second World War. These were immediately pressed into service. They became the main British attack aircraft of the time. This continued until they were replaced by larger, four engine aircraft.

Wellington bombers received upgrades throughout their production history. This consisted of greater streamlining, including a retractable tail wheel, additional defensive gun turrets, larger main wheels, and more powerful engines.

Unfortunately, Wellingtons were not equipped with self sealing fuel tanks, and proved vulnerable to enemy fighters. They had much more success at night sorties, flying long missions into Germany and Italy.

Wellington's were eventually deployed to North Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East where they served successfully.

On the home front the Vickers Wellington bomber was used by the Coastal Command for anti submarine warfare and against enemy mines. The mines were destroyed by use of an on-board magnetic field generator which set them off while the aircraft made a low overhead pass.

After the War the aircraft served to train new RAF pilots through 1955. A total of 11,461 Vickers Wellington bomber aircraft of all types were produced.

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Vickers Wellington Bomber - Brown

Pictured above and first below is the great looking Vickers Wellington bomber by Ty Brown. It first flew using engines, but has since been converted to electric motor power. Wingspan is 11 feet. Motors are E-flite 110BL swinging 18 x 6 props. All up weight is around 31 lbs.

Next is another Vickers Wellington bomber. This one has a wingspan of 156" and weighs some 38 lbs. SLEC has kits available derived from Tony Nijhuis plans. Recommended power can come from .90 two cycle or 1.20 four cycle engines.

The two Vickers Wellington Bomber aircraft pictured on the bottom of the page were built by Richard Say from Frank Baker plans. The lighter colored aircraft is in Coastal Command Colors. They each have a wingspan of 66" and are powered by a pair of Hi Max 2816/0890 motors.  Ready to fly weight is about 5 lbs.

You can find a kit or plans for the Vickers Wellington bomber from Nexus at Kit Cutters. It has a 57" wingspan with a length of 43" and uses .30 engines for power.

There are Eric Evans plans or a kit for the Vickers Wellington bomber at Kit Cutters. It has a wingspan of 86" and is 64 1/2" long. Power comes from .50 engines.

Uncle Willies has a kit or plans at Kit Cutters for the Vickers Wellington bomber with a 66" wingspan, a length of 46", with power by .10 engines.

There is a video of a nice Vickers Wellington bomber scale model on You Tube. It has a 60 1/2" wingspan, with power by BM 2410-12 motors. Construction is paper over foam. The color scheme is from the Polish A.F.

There are a number of posts in Watt Flyer from RFZL (Ron). He has a 67" wingspan Vickers Wellington bomber. Power comes from Hi Max motors. Weight is 80 oz.

Fockewulf 37 has a thread in Watt Flyer about his Vickers Wellington bomber including pictures. It has a eleven foot wingspan. Originally it was powered by G-26 engines, but the model was converted to use E-flite 110 BL motors.

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