LOCKHEED AURORA

 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

Crew: Mission minimum 8, typically 12 to 15 Capacity: 20
Length: 35.61 m (116 ft 10 in)
Wingspan: 30.38 m (99 ft 8 in)
Height: 10.49 m (34 ft 5 in (at 125,500 lb)
Loaded weight: 27,892 kg (61,362 lb) Powerplant: 4 × Allison T-56-A-14-LFE turboprop engines, (4600 SHP) each

​Performance
Maximum speed: 750 km/h (405 kn, 462 mph)
Range: 9,300 km (5,000 nm, 5,737 mi)
Service ceiling: 10,700 m (35,100 ft)


Armament
Mk 46 Mod V torpedoes, signal chargers, smoke markers, illumination flares. Air-to-surface rockets or conventional bombs can be fitted after a minor retrofit. Virtually any armament cleared for use on the P-3 series can be fitted for use based on airframe similarities.


NOTE: 405 Sqn was the first to fly the Aurora operationally.

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​Cockpit Photo By John Phillips

POST WAR AVRO LANCASTER

 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

Crew :7

Length: 69 ft 4 in

Height: 20 ft 5 in

Wingspan: 102 ft

Wing Area: 1,297 sq ft

Max Takeoff  Weight: 65,000 lbs 

Powerplant: 4 X Packard-Merlin liquid cooled V12 engines at 1,640 hp each.

Criuse  Speed: 184 mph
Range: 2,530 mi

Service Ceiling: 21,400 ft

Weapons: Torpedoes, depth charges, bombs and mines


Nose Art

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AVRO LANCASTER

 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

Crew :7

Length: 69 ft 4 in

Height: 20 ft 5 in

Wingspan: 102 ft

Wing Area: 1,297 sq ft

Max Takeoff  Weight: 72,400 lbs with a 22,000 lb bomb

Powerplant: 4 X Rolls Royce Merlin XX liquid cooled                         V12 engines at 1,280 hp each.

Criuse  Speed: 200 mph
Range: 2,530 mi

Service Ceiling: 21,400 ft

Guns: 8 .303 Browning machine guns in the  dorsal, tail  and nose turrets, with variations

 Bombs: 14,000 lbs of bombs or 1 22,000 lb Grand Slam bomb.


405 Sqn Halifax Incidents.

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Handley Page Halifax B.ll

 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

Crew :7

Length: 71 ft 7 in

Height: 20 ft 9 in

Wingspan: 104 ft 2 in

Wing Area: 1190 sq ft

Loaded Weight: 54,400 lbs

Powerplant: 4X BristolHercules XVI Radial engines. 1,205 hp each

Max Speed: 282 mph
Range: 1,860 mi

Service Ceiling: 24,000 ft

Guns: 8 .303 Browning machine guns 

           4 dorsal turret

           4 in tail turret

           1 x  303 Vickers K machine gun in the nose

Bombs: 13,000 lbs of bombs

NOTE: 405 Sqn  crews flew Halifax bomber from April 1942 to September 1943.

Note: All Wellington photos are from the 405 Sqn archives

405 Sqn Wellington Crews

405 Sqn Wellington Bomber

Vickers Wellington

 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

Crew :6

Length: 64ft 7in

Height: 17ft 5in

Wing Area: 840 sq ft

Empty Weight: 18,556 lbs

Max Takeoff Weight: 28,500 lbs

Powerplant: 2X Bristol Pegasus Mark XVIII Radial engines. 1,050 hp each

Max Speed: 235 mph
Range: 2,550 mi

Service Ceiling: 18,000 ft

Guns: 6 to 8 .303 Browning machine Guns 

           2 in nose turret

           2 in tail turret

           2 in waist positions

Bombs: 4,500 lbs of bombs

NOTE: 405 Sqn  crews flew Wellington Mk lls  on the RCAF's first bombing operation on June 12th and 13th, 1941. The Sqn flew the Wellingtons until April 1942 then converted to the Halifax.

AIRCRAFT 

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George Mayer Photo

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The first Neptune arrives in Greenwood 1955

P2V7 NEPTUNE

 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

Crew :9

Length: 91 ft, 8 in

Height:  29 ft, 4 in

Wingspan: 103 ft, 10in

Wing Area: 1,ooo sq ft

Max Takeoff  Weight:  79,895 lbs

Powerplant: 2 X Wright 3350-32W Turbo Compound engines and

2 X Westinghouse J34-WE6 turbo jet engines.

Top  Speed: 364 mph
Range: 2,157 miles

Service Ceiling: 22,400 ft

Weapons: Torpedoes, depth charges, FFAR rockets and bombs.

NOTE: 405 Squadron was the first RCAF unit to receive the Neptune the first of which arrived in Greenwood on 30 March 1955. 1959 was the last year 405 Sqn flew the Neptune and converted to the Argus

Motto: Ducimus - We Lead

CANADAIR ARGUS

 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

Crew :18

Length: 128 ft, 3 in

Height:  36 ft, 8 in

Wingspan: 142 ft, 3 in

Wing Area: 2.075 sq ft

Max Takeoff  Weight:  148,000 lbs

Powerplant: 4 X Wright 3350-32W Turbo Compound engines.

Top  Speed: 288 mph
Range: 4,420 miles

Service Ceiling: 24,200 ft

Endurance: 26+ Hours

Weapons: Torpedoes, depth charges. FFAR rockets and Air to Surface Missiles were trialed but never installed in the fleet.


NOTE: The first 405 Sqn Argus flight was a test flight on August 7th, 1958. The last real 405 Sqn Argus Patrol was flown on Nov 11th, 1980.