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HANDLEY PAGE 'HAMPDEN' BOMBER - The Hampden was designed with the impending war in mind and were in production and delivered to the RAF in 1939/40. The Hampden was built by Handley Page Ltd at Cricklewood and at other factories in Great Britain and Canada.

The wings and tail unit were of metal construction with flush-riveted stressed skin covering while the fuselage was an all metal monocoque. Two Bristol Pegasus engines powered the Hampden.

It had a span of 69 feet 2 inches, length 53 feet 7 inches, height 14 feet 11 inches; a range of 1,725 miles, and was armed with one fixed gun for the pilot; one free gun in the nose; twin Vickers K guns in the upper rear turret and two further guns in aft lower position.

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