Avro Lancaster II by Francis K. Mason

By Francis K. Mason

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Richmond survived with minor injuries, but the aircraft was written off. No more prototypes were ordered and no production order was forthcoming from Imperial Airways for any dedicated mail-carrier. Whether this crash had any bearing on the decision is doubtful, it seems to have been just a change of policy, and Boulton & Paul were the unfortunate victims. 26/31. 51 and the Bristol Bombay which secured the order. 51, adapted as a bomber became the Harrow. 9/32, from which the Hampden and Wellington emerged.

The age of the biplane was rapidly coming to an end however, the new monoplanes were already going into service, and there was no place for the Superstrand. The first Overstrand, the converted Sidestrand J9186, was built by Boulton & Paul Ltd, but the production aircraft were built by the new company, Boulton Paul Aircraft Ltd, it was thus both the last and the first. All Overstrands were manufactured in Norwich, but the new company was making strenuous efforts to find a site for a new factory.

71As were ordered by Imperial Airways, and both flew in 1934, there being no prototype as such. 71As built, the last Boulton & Paul civil aircraft ever to fly, which must have been a grave disappointment to the company. It was perhaps an indication of the unfortunate nature of the decision to offer a biplane to fit Imperial Airways needs rather than a monoplane, that the two Avro 652s ordered at the same time were followed by a grand total of 11,020 Ansons of all Marks. The Sale of the Aircraft Division In 1934 there was a major reorganisation of Boulton & Paul Ltd.

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