Air Enthusiast 2003-06
A.Brew - Proud heritage
Canberra B.15, WH967, fitted by BPA with Nord AS.30 missiles.
Defiant I N3445 'JT-F' of 256 Squadron.
The prototype target-tug Defiant, TT.I DR863, in July 1942.
Boulton Paul Defiant NF.II.
The Tay-powered Viscount, the world's first fly-by-wire aircraft at Seighford in 1957.
A production Blackburn Roc (P.93), L3158, outside the factory at Pendeford.
The second Sidestrand converted to an Overstrand, J9770, with widened and improved turret.
A formation of five Overstrands of 101 Squadron.
Boulton & Paul's first aircraft, the P.3 Bobolink, outside the Riverside Works, Norwich, in December 1917.
The first P.7 Bourges, F2903, with BR.2 engines.
Bourges F2904 with Dragonfly engines and modified wings and fuselage.
The P.6 on Mousehold airfield in 1918, with Mrs Flavie Dawson Pul, the Chairman's wife, in the rear cockpit, and J D North and Captain Frank Courtney alongside.
The first true production P.9, 90 h.p. R.A.F.1A.
Close-up of the P.8 Atlantic's Napier Lion engine, with cowlings removed.
The first all-steel aircraft delivered to the RAF, the P.15 Bolton, at Mousehold in 1923.
The prototype P.29 Sidestrand, J7938, in August 1929.
A Townend ring being removed from a Sidestrand.
Boulton & Paul P.31 Bittern.
J9950, the sole P.32 showing its unusual engine layout.
Boulton & Paul P.33 Partridge.
The P92/2, V3142, aerodynamic test-bed was built by Heston Aircraft.
VL892 fitted with a Mamba engine, producing a very clean looking aircraft.
The first prototype Balliol, VL892, in flight with its temporary Mercury engine.
Sea Balliol WL723 lands on HMS 'Triumph'. It was operated by the Junior Officers Air Conversion course - hence 'JOAC' in the lettering of a then well-known airline on the cowling.
The sole Boulton Paul P. 111, VT 935 was contracted in November 1946 under Specification E.27146 to research delta wing handling at high speed and first flew some three years, nine months later, on 6 October 1950. The P.111's sole stable-mate, the P. 120, VT 951 employed the same basic wing and fuselage, but carried a much modified fin and rudder, to which had been added an all-flying, or slab tailplane mounted two-thirds up the fin. The P.120 first went aloft early in August 1952. Quite what these machines were envisaged to achieve with the relatively modest 5.100lb s.t of their single Rolls-Royce Nenes begs a host of questions. The highest speed known to have been reached by the P.111 in level flight was Mach 0.935 at 35.000 feet, or 622mph, during 1953 trials. (Boulton Paul)
P.120 VT951 made only two flights in the final paint scheme.
Boulton Paul BP.120.
Fairey Barracuda production line at Boulton Paul in June 1942.
Hawker Demons awaiting delivery outside the new factory at Pendeford.
The first P.12 Bodmin, J6910, showing the radiator and transmission 'fairing' out to the propeller housings.