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Type 142M Blenheim Mk.I

Type 142M Blenheim Mk.I

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G1939. This Blenheim Mark I, L1348, was used in trials as a fast Photographic Reconnaissance (PR) machine. Unnecessary equipment such as the dorsal turret were removed, the surface was smoothed down, and the gazings in the nose were replaced with alloy - all to improve speed. This aircraft also saw the first use of duck egg blue on aircraft, also known as ‘sky’, which was a smooth Titanine paint. Although it produced a top speed of 294 mph, making it the fastest Blenheim built, this was not sufficient for the PR role, and Spitfires were chosen for the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at Heston. The photo was taken at Staverton Airfield in Gloucestershire, where Rotol constant speed propellers were fitted.
PublisherBristol Aeroplane Company Limited
ContributorBristol Aero Collection
Creatorcorporatename - Bristol Aeroplane Company Ltd
Datebeginning - C1935
TypePhotographic prints - B&W
Formatdimension.H - 200 mm
dimension.W - 230 mm
SourceBristol Aero Collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Filton
RightsBristol Aeroplane Company/Rolls-Royce