The Blenheim Story - Complete History
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In this complete history of the Blenheim we have edited together recordings
of memories recalled by members of air and ground crews who served in Blenheim
squadrons, the majority of which have never been seen before.
Lord Rothermere presented the Bristol type 142 "Bristol First" to the nation. It became the prototype for the Blenheim.
The first short nose Blenheims were delivered to the RAF.
Blenheims were the first aircraft in the world to be fitted with air-to-air Radar.
At the out-break of the Second World War, there were more Blenheims in the first line than any other aircraft.
Blenheims were the only aircraft to fly in every command-fighter, bomber, coastal, army co-operation and training.
The prototype for the Blenheim was designed and built for Viscount Rothermere, owner of the Daily Mail. It was ordered so that his journalists and photographers could fly anywhere in Europe, where news was breaking, and be back in time in London to have the story and pictures in his newspaper the next day. When this aircraft, which Rothermere called `Britain First` was tested, it proved to have a top speed of over 300mph-500mph faster than any of the British fighters then in the first line. The outcome was the RAF immediately asked to test `Britain First` and Lord Rothermere had no hesitation in presenting the aircraft to the nation.
In this tape the Earl of Bandon`s name is mentioned. This charismatic character was in command of RAF West Raynham where Blenheims of 2 Group were based. Bandon was apparently an extraordinary leader who was well liked by everybody who served with him.
Running Time: 150 minutes
Main Language: English