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Blackburn Baffin Bomber Plane

The Blackburn Baffin was a carrier-borne biplane torpedo bomber designed in 1932 by Major F A Bumpus for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm and went into active service in 1934. The Baffin was an obsolete design even before it went into production, it only remained in active service with the FAA until late 1936 when it could be replaced by newer, and far superior aircraft, such at the Fairey Swordfish. When production of the Blackburn Baffin ended in 1935 a total of 97 Baffin torpedo bombers had been produced.

Blackburn Baffin Bomber Plane


New Zealand acquired some 29 ex FAA Baffins in 1937 to serve in a reserve capacity, at the outbreak of WW2 they were relegated to reconnaissance and training roles until finally replaced in 1941 by Lockheed Hudsons and the surviving Blackburn Baffin's were broken up at the Royal New Zealand Air Force  station at Rongotai.

Blackburn Baffin Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot and navigator
  • Gross weight: 7,610 Ib (3,455 kg)
  • Span: 45 ft 6.5 in (13.87 m)
  • Length: 38 ft 3'/4 in (11.67 m)
  • Engine: Single 545 hp Pegasus I radial engine
  • Maximum speed: 136 mph (219 km/h) at 6,500 ft (1,981 m)
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,572 m)

Blackburn Baffin Armament:

  • Single fixed forward-firing 0.303-in (7.7-mm) Vickers machine gun
  • Single rear cockpit ring mounted Lewis gun
  • single 1,576-lb (716-kg) Mk VIII or Mk IX torpedo or up to 2,000-lb of bombs

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