LONG REACREACH

GRAHAM PITCHFORK RELATES THE RAF’S RECORD-BREAKING LONG-DISTANCE EXPEDITIONS OF THE 1920S AND 1930S

100 YEARS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

LONG-DISTANCE RECORD

Handley Page V/1500 ‘Old Carthusian’ made the first Britain-to- India flight in 1919.

On the day the Armistice was signed – November 11, 1918 – a trio of four-engined Handley Page V/1500 bombers of 166 Squadron were standing by at Bircham Newton in Norfolk to take off and bomb Berlin, the German capital. By that time, the RAF had gained greater experience in longdistance flights.

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