$205 Artist Proof
|Size 28 x 20|
The Short Sterling won the distinction as the
RAF’s first purpose built four-engine monoplane bomber. A strong, highly
complex design it gained a reputation as a pilot’s aircraft to fly being
agile for a big bomber and demonstrating great character. Well over 2000
Stirling’s provided stout service for the RAF in a variety of extremely
important roles throughout WW2 – Bomber, Pathfinder, Minelayer,
Glider-towing, Transporter, SOE operations and more.
Unfortunately, the design concept of the Stirling was woefully deficient. The wingspan of the bomber was shortened so it could fit into the RAF aircraft hangers of prewar England.
Of course, this did greatly limit the ceiling of the aircraft, and reduced it to second class status among heavy bombers of the day.
But, they did save money on those hangers.
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