British military types are distinguished by the fact that while the fighter planes are streamlined and often graceful, the bombers are usually strictly utilitarian in appearance. They are designed for ease of manufacture and transport of parts to major assembly, as well as for great load-carrying ability. It is also noteworthy that Britain's best single-engine fighters have liquid-cooled inline power plants. In our Air Forces, one of the best is the Republic Thunderbolt powered by a 2000-hp radial. Aviation's "spotters' series" will continue next month with Italian aircraft.
Boulton Paul Defiant
Heavily armed, two-seater night fighter fitted with power operated four-gun turret over rear cockpit.
Night interceptor armed with 4 cannon and 6 machine guns. Top speed is 330 mph.
Two-seater shipboard fighter armed with eight wing guns. Top speed is about 300 mph.
Handley Page Halifax
Four-engine heavy bomber able to transport its bomb loading to any point in Europe.
A very successful single-seater fighter new armed with four cannon plus machine guns. The top speed is 335 mph at 18,500 ft.
Long-range four-engine heavy bomber. It has an all-up weight of 65,000 lb and a span of 99 feet.
A new heavy, twin-engine, long-range bomber. First to be fitted with new Rolls-Royce Vulture 2,000-hp engines.
A long-range medium bomber with a range of 3,200 miles at its cruising speed of 180 mph.
This spotter's guide was originally published in the May, 1942, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 41, no 5, p 77.
The original page includes small photos of each of the described planes.
Photos are not credited.
The page was published along with two pages of silhouettes:
first page of silhouettes
second page of silhouettes