Boulton-Paul P.71A


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Boulton-Paul P.71A

Development of the P.64 was continued, and the resulting Boulton & Paul P.71A was lighter, slimmer and longer. In place of the 414kW Bristol Pegasus engines of the P.64, the P.71A had 365kW Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar VIAs, and two aircraft were delivered to Imperial Airways at Croydon in February 1935.

By then, the airline had lost interest in the mail-carrying possibilities and the two aircraft, named Boadicea and Britomart, were converted for passenger carrying with 13 seats, which were easily removable if the aircraft were required for use as light freighters.

The P.71As were both lost within 19 months of delivery. The first of them was damaged beyond repair in a landing accident at Brussels in October 1935; the second disappeared over the English Channel in September 1936.

Boulton-Paul P.71AA three-view drawing (800 x 655)

 ENGINE2 x Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar VIA radial piston engines, 365kW
  Take-off weight4309 kg9500 lb
  Empty weight2767 kg6100 lb
  Wingspan16.46 m54 ft 0 in
  Length13.46 m44 ft 2 in
  Height4.62 m15 ft 2 in
  Wing area66.75 m2718.49 sq ft
  Max. speed314 km/h195 mph
  Cruise speed267 km/h166 mph
  Range966 km600 miles

Boulton-Paul P.71A

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