Legacy of the 'Bloody Paralyser'

Assistant editor Jamie Ewan reports exclusively on one group’s efforts to build a flying replica of the mammoth Handley Page Type O/400

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Handley Page Type O/400 D8345 moments from touching down sometime in mid-1918. Could we ever see a ‘Bloody Paralyser’ back in UK skies?

"Here it is!” grins Graeme Curtis, a former Handley Page (HP) test engineer, as he opens the door. As the light cascades into the room, the tell-tale shape of an aeroplane’s nose comes into view. If someone had told me a year ago I’d be looking at anything resembling a Handley Page Type O/400, I’d have replied “Yeah, when pigs fly!” But here I am and there it is. “Not bad, is it?” states Bryan Bowen, chairman of The Paralyser Group (TPG), adding: “A worthy effort by everyone involved.”

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