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    The MK IV's P&W's were pretty disasterous, at least to start with. They were very difficult to start in a European Winter, and if they didn't start, became very easy to flood, requiring a laborious process to bring them back to a startable condition without a fire-risk. The fuel-consumption figures also proved wildly optimistic, leading to a great many aircraft ditching in the North Sea or crash-landing before reaching base on the 1st Op with the type. Not a happy choice of engine for the Wimpy, although the engine served well in other theatres/airframes.

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    Judging by the absence of scoops on the top of the cowls, the scalloped black camouflage, and the long beam windows, it's almost certainly a Mk 1C. More than that I can't tell. A clearer shot of the DV panels in the lower forward cockpit windows might indicate if it was an early or late example.

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    Am told that the 1981 edition of Bruce Robertson's British Military Aircraft Serials lists 'Z8771 and Z8772 to USA, the latter as DW.1' (the minesweeper variant).

    This suggests that the Wellington in the Wright Field video segment is Mk. IC Z8771.

    Robert

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    Default Re: Wellington at Wright Field

    Came across two Hurricanes that were sent to the USA.
    Z2963 and Z2974.

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    Default Re: Wellington at Wright Field

    Hi,

    Z8771 – Batch 14 …, Z8761 – Z8810, ….. 250 a/c ordered as Mk. Ic’s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tMw1EVlhyo

    Time cca 12:32 – my opinion it is Mk. Ic.

    https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Wellingt...uffolk-01.html

    Mk. IV

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...P03100.014.jpg

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    I agree, they certainly look very like Mk. Ic's with their early-type propellers (DH version of the HS counterweight prop) with very pointed blades (which was why these blades were frequently referred to as "Toothpick" blades), also the large (streamlined) D/F loop fairing also typical of early war Wellingtons. The strange arrangements inside the engine cowling (to reduce cooling effect on reduction gear?) are also very noticeable - these also typical of the Pegasus-powered aircraft. I have an idea that the Mk. IV Wellingtons were fitted with Curtis Electric props (probably built under license from Curtiss), which had the very distinctive propeller "spinners" associated with these props - am or right or wrong on this point?
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    I believe you're correct on all points. The biggest difference between Mk IV and other marques is the sheer length of the circular cowl forward of the firewall.

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    Default Re: Wellington at Wright Field

    Here's a walkaround sequence showing Z8772 at Wright Field, obviously without the mine-sweeping modification noted in Robertson's serial book. Photo 5 appears to show the second example in the background to the right.

    https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gall...llington-z8772


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