In the skies over Chaddesden

In The Skies Over Chaddesden. The test flight that failed over Stanley Over the years there has been much conjecture about the circumstances of the Wellington crash at Stanley on Sunday evening, 12 July 1942. Now sixty years on I hope to put the record straight and tell the true story. It is necessary to go back to 1938 when the idea of a high-altitude bomber which could operate above the ceiling of enemy fighters was put forward. The specification required an aircraft capable of operating at 40,000ft¾an extremely strenuous demand for those days. Vickers Armstrong was asked to investigate the possibilities of using the Wellington airframe for the purpose and in May 1939 an order was given fo

Stanley Crash, for the technically minded

Aircraft data Vickers Armstrong’s Wellington Mk.VI (Type 431) A total of almost 11,500 Wellingtons of various marks were produced, mainly for use in the RAF’s medium bomber role in which they carried a bomb load of about 4500lb. The Wellington first flew in June 1936 and the type entered squadron service in 1938, finally being retired in 1953. The various marks were powered by a range of engines including Bristol Pegasus & Hercules, Rolls-Royce Merlin and Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp. The Mk’s. V & VI were intended for a high-altitude bomber force. The design of these aircraft replaced the standard forward fuselage structure with a bullet-shaped cabin 18ft 3in long and 5ft 5in diameter, entered

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