Aeroplane Monthly 1982-09
R.Williams - Armstrong Whitworth's night bomber (2)
THREE MEN AND A DOG ... The A.W. test team which put the Whitley through its paces for Flight's photographer (left to right): F/O. E. S. Greenwood, Flt. Lt. C. K. Turner-Hughes, and Flt. Lt. R. C. Reynell. To finish the quotation would cast most unjust aspersions on the Whitley's undercarriage.
Whitley II K7243 with Armstrong Siddeley Deerhound 21-cylinder three-row radial engines installed.
A Whitley V of No 51 Sqn landing at Driffield in October 1940.
Whitley mainplanes during construction at Baginton during the winter of 1939.
The Whitley production line at Baginton with Mk. I K7185 of No 10 Sqn in the foreground. All the aircraft are seen during final assembly and are early Tiger-powered Whitleys.
Whitley I K7208, the first of the type to be fitted with Merlin engines.
Whitley V prototype was N1345, first of nearly 1,500 Mk.Vs and the most extensively produced version of the bomber, with a 15in longer fuselage and powered by Merlin X engines.
The Nash and Thompson tail turret of the Whitley V before installation of its four .303 Browning machine guns.
The Whitley's nose turret with Plexiglass chin extension for the bomb aimer.
The cockpit of a Whitley V. The Whitley was docile and best left to its own devices. Directional control was sometimes difficult and the rudders were not effective enough on take-off.