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Avro Manchester Bomber

The Avro 679 Manchester was a twin-engine heavy bomber developed just before WW2, it was designed to be powered by the new powerful Rolls-Royce Vulture I 24-cylinder engine. Although the Vulture should have been equal to four Rolls-Royce Merlins in power output, following introduction into service in November 1940 it was soon apparent that the Rolls-Royce Vulture needed further development to address serious reliability issues and  to achieve the 2250 hp expected, rather than the 1,760 hp actually developed. Only 202 Manchesters were produced, and the type was totally withdrawn from service in mid 1942.

RAF Avro 679 Manchester bomber


Although the 679 Manchester proved to be a relative disaster for Avro, it was clear the problems were a result of the engine choice rather than the airframe, the design was made a little larger in wing span and fitted with four Rolls-Royce Merlins, this proved to be a very good combination, the resultant aircraft was destined to be produced in great numbers as the Avro Lancaster.

Manchester Mk I Specifications:

  • Crew: Seven
  • Length: 70 ft (21.34 m)
  • Wingspan: 90 ft 1 in (27.46 m)
  • Height: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
  • Empty weight: 31,200 lb (14,152 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 50,000 lb (22,680 kg)
  • Engines: Twin 1,760 hp (1,310 kW) Rolls-Royce Vulture I 24-cylinder
  • Maximum speed: 265 mph (230 kn, 402 km/h) at 17,000 ft (5,180 m)
  • Range: 1,200 miles (1,930 km)with full bomb load
  • Service ceiling: 19,500 ft (5,852 m)

Manchester Mk I Armament:

  • Guns: Eight 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns, 2 nose, 2 dorsal, 4 tail.
  • Bombs: 10,350 lb (4,695 kg) maximum

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