The Avro Type 679 Manchester was a heavy bomber used by the RAF during the early stages of World War 2.
- Origin: A. V. Roe Ltd, Chadderton.
- Type: Heavy bomber.
- Engines: Two Rolls-Royce Vulture l 24-cylinder X-form, rated at 1,760hp, but in fact derated to 1,480-1,500hp.
- Dimensions: Span 90ft 1in (27.46m); length 70ft 0in (21.34m); height 19ft 6in (5.94m).
- Weights: Empty 31,200lb (‘|4,152kg); maximum 56,000lb but in fact never authorised above 50.000lb (22,680kg).
- Performance: Maximum speed (typical) 250mph (402km/h); service ceiling (42,000lb) 19,500ft (552m); range with maximum bomb load 1,200 miles (1930km).
- Armament: Eight 0.303in Browning in power turrets in nose (2), mid-upper (2) and tail (4); internal fuselage bay accommodating bomb load up to 10.350lb (4695kg).
- History: First flight 25 July 1939: service delivery November 1940; vvithdravval from production November 1941.
- User: UK (RAF).
- ↑ To minimise disruption, Manchester fuselages still on the production line were used for early Lancasters.