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Lord Rothermere's private venture - Britain First

Nevertheless, Stanley White, Fedden and Barnwell accompanied the bristol journalist, Blos to meet Lord Rothermere where he again stated his requirements for a world beating British aircraft. He did not pull his punches and outlined what was in effect a bomber in civilian guise. He wanted it to carry six passengers, the necessary crew and be the fastest aircraft available. "I want it flying in one year and I shall pay one half now and the other half when it flies on time". True to his word as soon as the costs had been estimated a cheque for half the amount was received at Filton.

There was a machine on the experimental drawing board, affectionally known as the 'Captains Gig', a reference to Frank Barnwell's former Air Force rank and to the handiness of this lively machine. An upgrade of engines from Aquilas, which were not ready, to Mercury was decided as this would put the projected speed for this 'eight seater' to 250 miles per hour.

This speed was a deciding factor as it put this civilian aircraft some 50 or so mph faster than the current front line fighters.

In flight the aircraft performed well and the Blenheim which followed was ordered more or less 'Off the drawing board'

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The prototype aircraft, modern, fast and ready for a coming conflict

The prototype aircraft, modern, fast and ready for a coming conflict
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Type 142, K557 Britain First in flight circa 1935

Type 142, K557 Britain First in flight circa 1935
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