The Bolingbroke was the name given to the Bristol Blenheim light bomber built under licence in Canada. The Blenheim was developed in 1936 from a high speed transport aircraft built for Lord Rothermere, owner of several newspapers.

This Bolingbroke was used to train air gunners. It is painted in the yellow colour scheme of training aircraft which flew as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during the Second World War. More than 230,000 men took part in this training.

Bristol Bolingbroke fact file

Date:    1942
Mark:  IV-T
Crew: 3 (pilot, navigator, gunner)
Top speed:  266 mph (428 km/h)
Range: 1,460 miles (2,350 km)
Weapons: 1 x 0.303 inch (7.69mm) Vickers K or Lewis machine gun

Bristol Bolingbroke

Bristol Bolingbroke 

Cockpit view

Bolingbroke cockpit

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