The first official details about the Avro Manchester, the twin-engined heavy bomber in service with the RAF, have now been published. The machine is 70' long, 19½' high and has a wingspan of 90'. Constructed of light alloy throughout, the fuselage is divided into five portions to ease transport, Special features are flaps for improved takeoff, excellent cabin heating system, electrically-operated de-icing equipment for tail unit, wireless mast and propellers. The center section of the wing is rectangular in plan form, the outer wing tapering nearly symmetrically from the engine nacelles to the rounded wing tips. The wings, of cantilever structure, are tapered in plan and elevation from the point where each wing is joined to the center section.

This news clip is excerpted from "News Notes From Britain", a subhead of the "Aviation Abroad" column in the April, 1942, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 41, no 4, p 181.