Bristol 149IVW 'Bolingbroke'

  Base model:149
  Basic role:Bomber (UK)

  Length: 42'9" 13.0 m
  Height:20' 4" 6.2 m
  Wingspan: 56'4" 17.1 m
  Gross Weight: 6,498 lb 2,947 kg
  Max Weight: 6,500 lb 2,947 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney SB4G Twin Wasp Jr.
  Horsepower (each): 825

  Range: 1,660 miles 2,673 km
  Cruise Speed: 200 mph 322 km/h 174 kt
  Max Speed: 272 mph 438 km/h 236 kt
  Climb: 910 ft/min 277 m/min
  Ceiling: 24,700 ft 7,528 m

Examples of this type may be found at
Canadian Warplane Heritage MuseumMount HopeOntario


Recent comments by our visitors
 Curtis Hoffmann
 Victoria, BC
I knew Randy West well and flew with him on different ocasions. One trip he will remember well. On February 9/43 took off fron Lethbridge in AC #702 for vancouver. Had engine trouble sat down in Creston. Changed spark plugs and took off again February 13/43 for Vancouver. This time we made it. Randy really knew how to fly a Bole.

07/13/2002 @ 15:35 [ref: 5303]
 Randy (herk) West
 Pointe claire, QC
Was one of the pilots who flew the Boly on the East
Coast flying convoy escort and anti-sub searches
When Japenese attacked Pearl Harbour squadron (8BR)
went to Sea Island , Vancouver , B.C. and later to
Alaska at Anchorage and Nome. Managed to survive over 1000 hours on both P&W engines and two different Bristol
Mercury engines. While the P&W gave us constant speed
props but sadly lacking available power at long time
08/01/2001 @ 11:47 [ref: 2800]
 , MB
The type 149 Bolingbroke IV was built under licence by Fairchild of Canada, a version of the type 149 Blenheim IV built by Bristol and associated companies in the UK.
Of 650 built by Fairchild only 14 were powered by P&W engines the rst by Bristol Mercury XV & XX.
The 1st 150 Bolingbrokes where built as Reconnaisance bombers and some served the RCAF in the Aleutian Islands against the Japanese. The main claim to fame of the Bolingbroke is that it sunk the 1st Japanese submarine of WWII. The final batches of Bolingbrokes built served as bombing and gunnery trainers in the Commonwealth Ait Training Scheme.
The British type 149 Blenheim IV served as a front line bomber, long range fighter and night fighter for the first three years of WWII and served in every theatre of war. It carried out the very 1st raid of WWII and was also the 1st aircraft to carry radar and get a kill by it. It was also the 1st aircraft to sink both a German and an Italian submarine so with its Canadian cousin was 1st in all fields of this type of warfare.
In your description you describe the aircraft as a trainer?Utility transport, this aircraft was never used as a utility transport either in Canada or the UK.
I think you should do a desription of the Bristol Type 149 Blenheim IV


01/06/2001 @ 08:49 [ref: 1334]


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