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Bristol Blenheim Manual

The Haynes Bristol Blenheim Manual celebrates the bomber’s importance in Britain’s aviation heritage
20 August 2015
Jarrod Cotter

A new publication from Haynes, the Bristol Blenheim Manual, marks the completed restoration of the world’s only operational Bristol Blenheim Mk I, G-BPIV.

The Bristol Blenheim holds an important place in aviation heritage as Britain’s first all-metal monoplane and the fastest bomber at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Author Jarrod Cotter tells the story of the Bristol Blenheim’s career as a bomber, from costly daylight raids over northern France in the early years of the war, to time spent in the Middle East, and its use as a day and night fighter during and after the Battle of Britain.

The Bristol Blenheim Manual includes a selection of hallmark Haynes Manual line drawings as well as a wide range of photographs that chart the rebuild and return to flight of Blenheim Duxford Ltd’s Blenheim Mk I, G-BPIV, by the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford.

The author enjoyed exclusive access to all stages of the rebuild, which he has photographed in detail to give enthusiasts a unique insight into the inner workings of this historic aircraft.

The publication of the Bristol Blenheim Manual coincides with the first full display season this summer of Blenheim G-BPIV. The manual includes exclusive air-to-air photography of the Blenheim on its maiden flight in 2014, a sight not seen since the Second World War. The manual also includes a selection of unique archive photos showing the various tasks of No 13 Squadron’s Blenheim Mk V ground crews in the Western Desert during early 1943, including an engine change.

Also covered in the Bristol Blenheim Manual is an interview with pilot John Romain of the Aircraft Restoration Company on flying the Blenheim and a chapter on the importance of Second World War aircraft preservation.

About the author

Jarrod Cotter served in the RAF during the 1980s and 1990s. In that time he experienced the change from front line Cold War operations with the RAF Germany Harrier Force to the then new operational conflicts in the Gulf region with Tornados from RAF Brüggen. Specialising in the aerial photographic reconnaissance role, he worked on the HS Harrier GR.3 and Panavia Tornado GR.1/1A, working on Nos IV(AC) Squadron, IX(B) and 14 Squadrons.

Following his time in the RAF he become a professional magazine editor with Warners Group Publishing in Bourne, Lincolnshire, and went on to become the Deputy Editor of FlyPast magazine, the launch Editor of Aviation Classics and the Editor of Aeroplane Monthly. He now enjoys work as a freelance author. He is the author of Living Lancasters (Sutton, 2005), Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – 50 Years of Flying (Pen & Sword, 2007), the Avro Lancaster Owners’ Workshop Manual (Haynes, 2008) and the North American P-51 Mustang Owners’ Workshop Manual (Haynes, 2010).

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