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The Blackburn Kangaroo was a twin-engine bomber with a box tail. While it was stable once flying straight, it was found to be "difficult" in maneuver. Though trials were carried out in January 1918, only eleven planes had been delivered by the Armistice. They were used both for anti-submarine patrol and for a brief time as conventional bombers in Belgium. [1]

Blackburn Kangaroo
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Role Bomber
Manufacturer Blackburn
First flight Jan 1918 [1]
Introduction May 1918 [1][2]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built 24 [1][2][note 1]
Wingspan 22.8 m (74 ft 10 in) [4]
Engine 2×250hp Rolls-Royce Falcon
Armament flexible nose Lewis and
flexible rear Lewis
4×230lb bombs (470 kg (1,040 lb) total[4])
Max Speed 161 km/h (100 mph) [1][5][4]
Climb 610 m (2,000 ft) in 4:10
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 18:10
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 38:10 [1]
Ceiling 3,200 m (10,500 ft) [1][5][4]
Endurance 8:00 [1][5]

They saw extensive use for maritime patrols with № 246 Squadron out of Seaton Carew, County Durham.[3]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Blackburn Kangaroo.

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Notes
  1. Only 10-11 completed before the Armistice.[2][3]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Bruce'69, p.96.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lamberton, p.61.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nowarra, p.101.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.78.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070