Percival P.35 to P.37 Bomber/Transport Projects

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pometablava said:
http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?p=1311473
you can find an unidentified Burnelli/Clyde 4-engined bomber model at POST #9. Any idea about its identity?
I add the picture, for a direct view of this twin-boom project:
 

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I think I solved the riddle of the 4 engined mystery bomber
posted in reply 14.

After a lot of searching and some correspondence I came to the conclusion that
it is the Percival P.37 heavy bomber of 1943.

The P.37 is a bomber development of the P.35 four engined freighter project following
the principles developed by Burnelli and designed by A.A.Bage ,chief designer of Percival Ltd.

The P.36 was a 6-engined variant of the P.35.

Based on information I found in the Aeroplane February 1944, the Aeroplane Spotter Feb.7 1948
and a description I received via Boxkite (thanks Thomas) I came to the above conclusion.
Exept for the the low drag dorsal turret on the bomber , the P.35 freighter is almost a look alike.
Same engines ,double main wheels etc...

After confirmaton by a chief moderator , perhaps this thread must be split..
 

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I'll send Jemiba and Pometablava some additional info to confirm
and eventual extend my #18 post.
 

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lark said:
After a lot of searching and some correspondence I came to the conclusion that it is the Percival P.37 heavy bomber of 1943.

The aircraft pictured in the first post of this thread looks like it was designed to B.1/39 (the turret is clearly a quad 20mm one as specified by B.1/39 and the nacelles look like they are for the Hercules, a common engine choice for this competition). However, the down-select for this competition occurred in June/July 1939 and the entire project (including turrets) was abandoned in June 1940. For me, it is highly unlikely (if not impossible) that this aircraft design dates to 1943, much more likely it dates to 1939.
 

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From the source below:

P.37 (Percival Type Ag)
This was a bomber version of the Percival P.35 proposed in 1943, for use as a heavy bomber for the RAF. Like the P.35 it was powered by four 2,500 hp Bristol Centaurus engines and the speed would have been quite slow at 169 mph. It was designed to the same overall dimensions as the P.35 with a wingspan of 140 ft and 103 ft overall length. Like the P.35 this version was not built.

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On The Wings of a Gull by David W. Gearing (Air Britain) ISBN 9780851304489
 

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