Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Wings from the Past

Halifax A MkVII NA337 under restoration at the Trenton RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton Ontario, July 2005

Engine No. 1. One of four Bristol Hercules XVI, 14-cylinder radial piston engines rated at 1,615 hp. With a total of 6,460 hp, the Halifax had a maximum speed of 282 mph at 13,500 ft.

Unlike the Avro Lancaster that managed to find post war work, the Handley-Page Halifax was scrapped en-masse. None of the aircraft were saved from destruction.
Halifax NA337 is one of two aircraft that was ditched in a lake and is still mostly intact and thus can be restored to its former glory. There may be more Halifax’s out there but, NA337 is the only one being brought back to life.


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