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Handley Page Hereford

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The Hereford was closely related to the Hampden, however due to its unreliable Napier Dagger engines the type would never enter front line service in numbers. Meaning the Handley Page Hereford was reduced to training roles or conversion back to Hampden specification.

Quick Facts
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First flight
June 1937
Entered service
Total built

Front view
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Rear view
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The Hereford was essentially a Handley Page Hampden but power was supplied by a pair of Napier Dagger VIII H-type engines and production of the aircraft was to be undertaken by Short Brothers and Harland.

The prototype Hereford flew during June 1937, a year after the Hampden prototype, and an order for 100 was placed with a order for a further 52 being placed later on. And just under two years later on the 17th May 1939 the first production Hereford flew. As with other new aircraft a Hereford was sent to Martlesham Heath so the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment could test the new type.

Testing showed, perhaps unsurprisingly, that performance wise the Hampden and Hereford were evenly matched. However the crucial difference was the Napier Dagger engines used in the Hereford, as these proved unreliable, and as a result the Hereford saw limited service.

A couple of Herefords became operational serving alongside the Hampden before being transferred to serve with training units and a handful were re-engined and converted back to Hampdens, and in total only the original order of 152 were produced.

Also see Handley Page Hampden


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Top Speed Range Service Ceiling Armament
Hereford Mk I 265 mph 1,200 miles 19,000 ft six 0.303-in machine-guns
upto 4,000lb bombs


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On Display

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