Handley Page 0/400

An improved model of the Handley Page 0/100 that had first flown in December 1915, the Handley Page 0/400 was the largest British aircraft to see operational service during the First World War. Purposely designed as an aircraft with which to bomb Germany, it was one of the first strategic bombers and operated in this role, largely at night, until the end of the war. 1 Squadron AFC operated a single 0/400, which was flown out to Palestine in July 1918 and heavily employed during the last great offensive against the Turks, which began with the battle of Megiddo on 19 September. 1 Squadron also used the 0/400 to ferry supplies, including one trip on 23 September 1918 in support of the Arab forces operating under the command of T. E. Lawrence (better known as "Lawrence of Arabia").

Specifications:



Type:   Biplane long-range heavy bomber
Entered service:   1916
Crew:   4
Wing span:   30.48 m
Length:   19.16 m
Weight (laden):   6,060 kg
Ceiling:   2,591 m
Endurance:   8 hrs
Speed:   156.9 km/h
Armament:   5 x .303-in Lewis machine-guns
907 kg of bombs