Boulton & Paul P.71A

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P.71A
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Boulton-Paul P.71A G-ACOX Boadicea
Role Mail plane/Light Transport
Manufacturer Boulton & Paul Ltd
Introduction 1935
Retired 1936
Status Destroyed
Primary user Imperial Airways
Number built 2
Developed from Boulton Paul P.64 Mailplane

The Boulton & Paul P.71A was a 1930s British twin-engined all-metal biplane transport aircraft developed by Boulton & Paul Ltd from the unsuccessful P.64 Mailplane to meet an Imperial Airways requirement for a mail plane.

History[edit]

The P.71A was the successor to the Boulton & Paul's first attempt to meet the airline requirement, the P.64 Mailplane. The P.71A was lighter, slimmer and longer and used Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar IVA radial piston engines.

Two aircraft were built and delivered to Imperial Airways at Croydon Airport in February 1935. The airline had lost interest in using them as mailplanes, so the two aircraft were converted as VIP transports with 13 removable seats.

G-ACOX[edit]

The first aircraft, registered G-ACOX and named Boadicea was lost in the English Channel on 25 September 1936 while on an air-mail flight from Croydon to Paris with the loss of the two crew.

G-ACOY[edit]

The second aircraft, registered G-ACOY and named Britomart was damaged beyond repair in a landing accident at Haren, Brussels on 25 October 1935.

Operators[edit]

 United Kingdom

Specifications[edit]

Data from Flight - Imperial Airway's Latest [1]

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

Related development

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Flight 31 January 1935, p.118.
  2. ^ Donald 1997, p.178.
Bibliography
  • "Imperial Airways' Latest". Flight. No. 31 January 1935. 31 January 1935. pp. 118–123. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 
  • Donald, David (ed) (1997). The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Leicester, UK: Blitz Editions. ISBN 1-85605-375-X. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10014-X. 

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