FLIGHT, July 6, 1939.

VICKERS WELLINGTON I
Two BRISTOL PEGASUS X V I I I E N G I N E S

Span Length (guns extended) Track Wing area Wing loading . . Normal gross weight Top speed Maximum range Service ceiling . . Climb to 15,000 ft.

. . 86ft. 2 in. . . 64ft. 7in. . . 20ft. 4m. . . 750 sq. ft. 2Q/6 lb./sq. ft. . . 24,850 lb. 265 m.p.h. at 17,000 ft. 3,200 miles at 180 m.p.h. . . 26,300 ft. 18 min.

sketches. T h e use of this open t u b e greatly facilitates a t t a c h m e n t of geodesies and other m e m b e r s . As in t h e case of t h e fuselage, t h e wing panels are m a d e u p in jigs a n d are of large size. T h e y are a t t a c h e d to t h e centre spar booms by means of forgings, a n d t o t h e open t u b e booms of front and rear spars b y simple fork ends. T h e fabric is a t t a c h e d t o t h e flanges of t h e geodesies b y

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used. T h e spar booms in each section are n o t necessarily continuous. W h e r e joints occur t h e y t a k e t h e form of bolted p l a t e joints, t h e plates a n d t u b e being serrated so as t o relieve t h e bolts of t h e shear loads. A similar system was employed in t h e Wellesley, b u t t h e r e t h e p l a t e s were horizontal whereas in t h e Wellington t h e y are vertical. F r o n t a n d rear spars are of a totally different construction. T h e y h a v e webs of flat sheet a n d flanges or booms in t h e form of " o p e n " tubes, as shown in one of t h e A port outer wing portion ready for covering with fabric.

The fuel tanks are carried in the wings of the Wellington. They are built in sections, connected by Siientbloc joints. The wooden rails facilitate sliding the tanks into the wing. Connections between tanks are made by flexible tubes.

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