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Handley Page: Heyford

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November 1932. (Flight 1932/11/17).
1934. Express Night Bomber.

Note: This is a sub-section of Handley Page


  • Heavy Night Bomber


Number produced

  • 125


The Handley Page Heyford was a twin-engine British biplane bomber of the 1930s. Although it had a short service life, it equipped several squadrons of the RAF as one of the most important British bombers of the mid-1930s, and was the last biplane heavy bomber to serve with the RAF. The aircraft was named for and first deployed at RAF Upper Heyford, near Bicester in Oxfordshire.

The aircraft was of mixed construction having fabric-covered, two-bay metal-frame wings, while the fuselage had an aluminium monocoque forward section with a fabric-covered frame to the rear. It had a crew of four, consisting of a pilot, a bomb aimer/navigator/gunner, a radio operator and a dorsal/ventral gunner. Open positions were provided for the pilot and both the nose and dorsal gunners. The Heyford had a novel configuration, with the fuselage attached to the upper wing.


Heyford I

  • Powered by 575 hp (429 kW) Rolls-Royce Kestrel III engines: 15 built, serial numbers K3489-K3902 (last aircraft built as Mk.II prototype).

Heyford IA

  • Engine support changes, power-driven generator, four-blade propellers: 23 built, serial numbers K4021-K4043.

Heyford II

  • Powered by 640 hp (480 kW) Kestrel IV engines: 16 built, serial numbers K4863-K4878.

Heyford III Supercharged 695 hp (518 kW) Kestrel VI engines: 70 built in two batches, serial numbers K5180-K5199 and K6857-K6906.

For a total of 125 (including the prototype, J9130)

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