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The RAF Bomber Command Vickers Wellington 'Wimpy' Long Range Medium Bomber
The World War Two Royal Airforce Bomber Command Vickers Wellington 'Wimpy' Long range Medium Bomber was the main British Bomber until the development of the four engined heavy bomber like the AVRO Lancaster in 1941. On the 4th September 1939 Wellingtons and Blenheims were the first British Aircraft to make an attack on Germany when they bombed shipping in Brunsbuttel. The Vickers Wellington had power-operated turrets at the front and rear but they were still not enough to protect the aircraft from fighters during the day. The Wellington was switched to night raids. The bomber was designed by Barnes Wallis who latter went on to design the bouncing bomb of the Dambuster raid fame. The Plane was immensely strong due to it's geodetic type of construction. It could take a lot of punishment and still get its crew home safely. The Wellington also served in RAF Costal Command and became an effective torpedo carrying submarine killer helping to protect the North Atlantic Convoys.
There are many International Air Tattoos and air shows like the one at Fairford Air Base, Duxford, Farnborough, Biggin Hill, Cosford, Eastbourne AirShow, Abingdon UK air show, Boscombe Down UK air shows, Greenham Common, Mildenhall air fete where you can have fun with all the family looking at static aviation displays as well as the acrobatics in the air. You can see many of these planes, Supermarine spitfire, tornado, battle of Britain fighters, warbirds, vulcan,, Lancaster, lightning, mosquito, Eurofighter, VC10, DC10 Shackleton, jaguar, typhoon, sabre, super sabre, delta dart, talon, phantom, falcon, thunderbirds, eagle. Learjet, lockheed, Douglas, McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II USMC, Vought F4U-5NL Nite-Corsair, McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk USMC, Lockheed HC-130H Hercules, Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Curtiss P-40E Warhawk. North American P-51D Mustang, Republic P-47B/D Thunderbolt Razorback, Bell P-39D Airacobra , Northrop P-61B Black widow, Martin B-26B/C Marauder, North American B-25B/C Mitchell, B-24J Liberator, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Zero, Hawker Hurricane, Junkers Ju 52, Messerschmitt Me 110C, Messerschmitt Bf 109E, Focke Wulf Fw 190A, Panavia Tornado RAF, Grumman A-6A Intruder, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Douglas F-18A Hornet USN, Lockheed S-3B Viking, Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, Lockheed C-130H Hercules, Lockheed C-5A/B Galaxy to name but a few
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