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Avro Lancaster
Avro Lancaster
Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster (Air Vanguard)

Product ID : 44135517

Galleon Product ID 44135517
UPC / ISBN 787721914280
Shipping Weight 0.79 lbs
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Manufacturer Osprey
Shipping Dimension 8.43 x 5.87 x 0.71 inches
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Product Description The Avro Lancaster was one of the finest bombers of World War II and became the spearhead of the RAF's strategic bombing campaign over the Third Reich. Richard Marks draws on extensive research and detailed technical drawings to explore the evolution of this heavy bomber, revealing how its design developments transformed an old airframe from a dangerous liability to one of the most powerful weapons in the RAF arsenal. The lifespan of the Lancaster began with the troublesome Avro Manchester design, an aircraft that had promised much but proved hazardous to crews. The 'Lanc' retained the Manchester's basic airframe, but was given four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines instead of the two, underpowered and unreliable powerplants fitted to its predecessor. As soon as the first prototype flew, it demonstrated excellent performance, ruggedness and good handling qualities and it was soon at the fore of all the RAF's bombing campaigns. It captured imagination as the aircraft that flew in the famous 'Dambuster' attacks, but most importantly, once available in sufficient numbers, the Lancaster gave Bomber Command the tool with which it could strike at targets almost anywhere in Germany. This book tells the story of the iconic Lancaster in full, providing a comprehensive account of the design, development and operational history of the aircraft and its evolution into successor aircraft. About the Author Richard Marks graduated from the Open University with an honors degree in History in 2012. He has spent more than 20 years studying military history, specializing in all aspects of the aircraft, organization and equipment of the Royal Air Force and its predecessor the Royal Flying Corps. Richard is also a model-maker whose work has been displayed at local museums as part of special exhibitions and also by Oxford University at its archaeology site open days. The author lives in Berkshire, UK.