Bristol Blenheim Mk1, G-BPIV
The Bristol Blenheim is a truly unique aircraft and was a milestone in the history of British aviation as the first stressed skin aeroplane accepted by the RAF.
Surprisingly, this light bomber was actually a variant of a civil aircraft, the “Type 142”, built to win the challenge to produce the fastest commercial aircraft in Europe, and first flew in 1935.
When the Blenheim Mk I entered service in 1937, though a bomber, it actually proved faster than the fighters of its time.
In 1939, the RAF had 1089 Blenheim bombers in service, more than any other aircraft.
However, this is now the only flying example left in the world and serves as a lasting memorial to those who crewed them. The missions of the Bomber command were very dangerous, above all at the start of the war, in daylight with no escort, and the Bomber command suffered a very high death toll.