Specifications

Orthographic projection of the Lancaster

General characteristics

  • Crew: 7: pilot, flight engineer, navigator, bomb aimer, wireless operator, mid-upper and rear gunners
  • Length: 69 ft 5 in (21.18 m)
  • Wingspan: 102 ft (31.09 m)
  • Height: 19 ft 7 in (5.97 m)
  • Wing area: 1,300 ft (120 m)
  • Empty weight: 36 828 lb (16,705 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 63,000 lb (29,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin XX V12 engines, 1,280 hp (954 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 240 kn (280 mph, 450 km/h) at 15,000 ft (5,600 m)
  • Range: 2,700 nmi (3,000 mi, 4,600 km) with minimal bomb load
  • Service ceiling: 23,500 ft (8,160 m)
  • Wing loading: 48 lb/ft (240 kg/m)
  • Power/mass: 0.082 hp/lb (130 W/kg)

Armament

  • Guns: 8 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns in three turrets, with variations
  • Bombs: Maximum normal bomb load of 14,000 lb (6,300kg) or 22,000 lb Grand Slam with modifications to bomb bay