Handley Page V/1500

The V/1500 was Britain’s first four-engine strategic bomber. It was built in response to an Air Ministry request for a long-range aircraft to “seriously worry Germany in centres where she felt herself perfectly safe from aerial attack”. The aircraft was specifically designed to be capable of bombing Berlin from bases in East Anglia.
Hundley page responded with the largest British aeroplane produced during World War I. Powered by four Rolls-Royce Eagle engines mounted in tandem pairs, the V/1500 could carry up to 30 250lb or two massive 3.300lb bombs. The aircraft arrived just too late for war service. The first prototype flew in May 1918, but crashed; a second prototype therefore had to be built incorporating various improvements.
Orders were placed for 225 aeroplanes, but only three had been delivered by November. These were being readied for a raid on Berlin
when the Armistice was announced.
The aircraft was too large, complex, and expensive to make a successful transition to commercial use. However, during December
1918 and January 1919 aV/1500 accomplished the first flight from England to India. The same aircraft was later used to bomb Kabul during the 1919 Anglo-Afghan War. Ultimately some 36 V/1500s were built.

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