Developed as a private venture by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, the
Beaufighter was a two-seat all-metal fighter using components from the
Beaufort torpedo-bomber. First flown on July 17 1939, the Beaufighter
eventually equipped 52 RAF squadrons, giving outstanding service during
World War II, in particular as a night-fighter and torpedo-bomber (where
the aircraft were affectionally known as 'Torbeaus').
Fighter Command service came during August 1940 with the Fighter
Interception Unit at Tangmere. The following month, five squadrons
received the Mark 1F equipped with Mark IV Air Intercept radar for
night-fighter duties although the type's first kill wasn't until
November of that year. The Beaufighter continued as a night-fighter
until 1943, and the last aircraft (a TT10) was not retired from RAF
service until 1960, nearly 21 years after the type's first flight.
The Beaufighter will make a nice addition to the Basement Air Force hanging behind the JU 88A-1.
The A-1 was initially very similar to the A-0, although the four
bladed propeller used on the A-0 was replaced by a three bladed model.
The aircraft could carry a wide variety of payloads, depending on
the required range. For very long range operations both bomb bays and
two of the four ETC external bomb racks were used to carry fuel, giving
the aircraft a range of 2,285 miles but a bomb load of only 1,102lbs.
At the opposite extreme when using only the internal fuel tanks the
aircraft could carry 5,291lbs of bombs with a range of only 782 miles.
Combat experience demonstrated that the A-1 was under-armed. Field
modifications saw the rear firing dorsal gun replaced by a pair of MG
15s, and a fifth gun added in the lower nose. The A-1 was equipped with
dive brakes, but a dive under full power was a risky prospect in this
The biggest problem with the Ju 88A-1 was that the airframe was not
yet robust enough to allow the aircraft to be flow to its best
advantage. There were strict limits the type of high speed manoeuvres
that could be carried out, especially if the dive brakes were to be
This was a challenging build that upped my skill level considerably!
Feeding food and syringe used to inject food into tube.
Love & Peas Protein Powder.
Chocolate Ensure Plus.
My protein shake.
Thirty-five consecutive radiation treatments lasting from mid November through late December destroyed my taste buds and caused a condition called Mucositis. Because of that solid food and water had either no taste or a metallic taste so I was forced on to a liquid diet. Due to concerned about my plunging weight it was decided to install a feeding tube directly into my stomach so I would get needed calories and water..
Along with the feeding tube I continued to drink homemade protein shakes which surprisingly tasted great!! The feeding tube was finally removed as I was holding my weight orally for a month. I must say I was glad to see it go!
Scored a big Perky Pet find on the internet and was able to order new feeding flowers for our rather weather worn Hummingbird feeder. A quick cut of fresh red spray paint along with the new yellow flowers and we're ready for our Hummer season!