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The Vickers Wellington

The Wellington was a twin-engined medium bomber of geodetic construction. Affectionately nicknamed 'The Wimpey' after the character 'J Wellington Wimpy' in the Popeye cartoons, it was the main British bomber during the first part of WWII, but the RAF was soon forced to abandon daylight attacks because of its vulnerability. It was used until the end of the war. After its replacement in Bomber Command by the new four-engined bombers it was flown on numerous other duties, and some were used until the 1950s. 11461 were built, with Pegasus, Hercules, Merlin or Twin Wasp engines.

The Wellington was notable for the amount of damage it could sustain and still remain airborne. This was due in no small part to the geodetic form of lattice-work construction invented by Dr Barnes Wallis, which gave the plane great strength and rigidity.

Illustration showing lattice-work wing structure

Type: Wellington Mk.IC
Function: bomber
Year: 1937 Crew: 6 Engines: 2 * 1050hp Bristol Pegasus XVIII
Wing Span: Length: Height: Wing Area:
Empty Weight: Max.Weight:
Speed: 378km/h Ceiling: 5790m Range: 2900km
Armament: 8*mg7.7mm 2040kg

Type: Wellington B Mk.III
Function: bomber
Year: Crew: 6 Engines: 2 * 1500hp Bristol Hercules XI
Wing Span: 26.26m Length: 18.54m Height: 5.31m Wing Area: 78.04m2
Empty Weight: 8471kg Max.Weight: 13381kg
Speed: 410km/h at 3810m Ceiling: 5790m Range:
Armament: 8*mg7.7mm 2014kg