Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V
Like the Rochester built Short Stirling, the Whitley was one of the mainstays of Bomber
Command during the opening phases of the war. Manufactured in the Baginton, Coventry plant, the mark V was powered by two 1,145hp Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. The aircraft had a top speed of 227mph at a height of 17,600ft. However with the advent of the larger four engine bombers such as the Lancaster, the Whitley was relegated to ‘Nickelling’, the dropping of leaflets and also to become the aircraft used by the bomber operational training units (OTU). Most of this type were scrapped at the end of the war with very little left to remind us of the Whitley.
Two WW2 pilot seats from an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V have been restored for a private collector. A set of six propeller blades and the turret from the same aircraft (s/n 1468) have also been refurbished. Once complete both the seats, blades and turret will be returned to the owner to form what will eventually become a tribute to this long forgotten aircraft.