Blenheim Mk IV
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Planes United Kingdom Blenheim Mk IV
The Bristol Blenheim was a British high-speed light bomber, widely used from the early days of WWII. Later variants included a heavy fighter which proved rather successful. The Blenheim was the first British all-metal aircraft and one of the first with retractable landing gear, an electric defensive turret and a variable pitch propeller. Conversion from fixed-gear biplane bombers with fixed-pitch propellers to Blenheims, with all their modern equipment, proved troublesome for some squadrons. Large numbers of levers, often poorly positioned, caused confusion and led to crashes. For example, the landing gear lever was too close to the flap lever, which sometimes led to retraction of flaps together with landing gear at take-off — a fatal mistake. Improper prop pitch setting at take-off often led to an overly long take-off run and passing the runway threshold without becoming airborne.