Ponderous and vulnerable? Blenheim at war

Such was the pace of change in aircraft design during the pre-war years that what had initially seemed ground-breaking and pace-setting was proven less so when used in anger. It was this fate that dogged numerous Blenheim units, as Andrew Thomas explains

When it was initially developed in the mid-1930s the Bristol Blenheim was seen as the height of modern technology – it was faster than most of the RAF’s fighters, biplanes back then, and it was also one of the first British aircraft to feature an all-metal stressed-skin, powered gun turret, retractable landing gear and variable-pitch propellers.

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