Flightline 2020

Bristol Blenheim Mk1, G-BPIV

© PEL Aviation Photography

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.

Photos:
© PE Langenfeld Aviation Photography
© Philippe Delarbre, Les DCA
© George  Romain

This aircraft will be visible on :

  1. Saturday 12th September 2020
  2. Sunday 13th September 2020

Operator : The Aircraft Restoration Company

Registration number : G-BPIV

Livery : Battle of Britain

© Georges Romain © PEL Aviation Photography © PEL Aviation Photography © Philippe Delarbre Les DCA © Philippe Delarbre Les DCA © Philippe Delarbre Les DCA © Philippe Delarbre Les DCA