Ungainly to a Tee

This Week’s Hints to help you along:

  • Perhaps the least likely mass produced bomber in history.
  • An unexpected country of origin, quite unlike other such designs.
  • Designed for night bombing operations only — an advanced concept.
  • Later became a glider tug, used in radar testing and aerial refueling.

So do you know what this aircraft is?




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7 thoughts on “Ungainly to a Tee

  1. Rob Golder says:


    The aircraft is the H.P. Heyford, its first flight being on the 12th of June 1930

    at Radlett.

    There were a 125 built, the designer being G.R.Volkert.

    The Heyford entered service with 99 Squadron at Upper Heyford!

  2. Edgardo says:

    It looks like the Handley Page H.P. 50 Heyford. From the first flight of the prototype in 1930 to the last model produced (Mk III), 122 of these quite ugly bombers were built. Its most unusual feature was that the fuselage was attached to the upper wing, not to the lower one.
    It was quite large: Wingspan 22.86 m. Length 17.67 m. Height 5.33 m TO weight 7,655 kg

  3. Robert says:

    On the HP Heyford, bombs were carried in a celluel in lower wing, between the main landing gear legs.


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