Picture of Blackburn Roc WW2 Fighter
The Blackburn B-25 Roc was developed from the existing Blackburn Skua dive bomber as a Navy fighter for use on the Royal Navy's WWII aircraft carriers, the Blackburn Roc first flew in December 1938 and entered Fleet Air Arm service with the Royal Navy in April 1939. Like the Boulton Paul Defiant the Blackburn Roc had it's four four 0.303 in machine guns mounted in a single Boulton Paul powered dorsal turret, this gun layout was unsuccessful and so the Roc was withdrawn from it's fighter role in August 1941, the surviving aircraft were then used as trainers and target-tugs until mid 1943.
|Blackburn Roc Specifications: |
- Crew: Pilot and Gunner
- Length: 35 ft 7 in (10.85 m)
- Wingspan: 46 ft (14.02 m)
- Height: 12 ft 1 in (3.68 m)
- Empty weight: 6,121 lb (2,782 kg)
- Loaded weight: 7,950 lb (3,614 kg)
- Engine: Single 890 hp (664 kW) Bristol Perseus XII radial engine
- Maximum speed: 223 mph (194 knots, 359 km/h) at 10,000 ft (3,050 m)
- Range: 704 NM (810 mi, 1,304 km)
Blackburn Roc Armament:
- Guns: Four 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns in a Boulton Paul powered dorsal turret
- Bombs: Eight under-wing mounted 30 lb (14 kg) bombs
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