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Avro Lancaster B.VII
|Dimensions||102'0" by 68'10" by 20'4"
31.09m by 20.98m by 6.20m
|Speed||287 mph at 11,500 feet
462 km/h at 460 meters
|Cruising speed||215 mph
|Climb rate||4.5 feet per second
3.0 meters per second
|Power plant||Four Merlin 24 V12 engines rated at 1620 hp|
|Armament||Eight .303 machine guns in nose, tail, and dorsal turrets|
|Bomb load||14,000 lbs
|Range||Normal 1040 miles (1670km) with 10,000 lb (4500kg) bomb load
Maximum 2678 miles (4310 km)
|Production||A total of 7377 Lancasters were built. Of these, 180 were the B.VII model intended for use in the Far East.|
The Lancaster first came into service in 1941 and was built by numerous manufacturers in Britain and Canada. It was one of the two main British strategic bombers of the Second World War and proved suitable for special missions and capable of carrying the most sophisticated avionics developed in its day.
The Lancaster saw little operational use outside of Europe. However, manufacture of the aircraft began in Australia in 1944 for use in the Far East, and a considerable force of Lancasters would have supported DOWNFALL if the Japanese had not capitulated.
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