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THE AIRFORCE - AIRCRAFT - D.H.9J (M'PALA II)
 
 

Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x 450 hp Bristol Jupiter IV engine
Speed: 179 kph, 111.5mph mph
Seats: 2
Length: 9.27m, 30ft 5in
Span: 12.92m, 4.5ft 4.5in
Empty Weight: 1 012kg, 2,230lb
Max T/O Weight: 1 508kg, 3,325lb
Period of Service: 1920 - 1937

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
None specified

Attrition:
No incidents found

D.H.9J (M'pala II)

Status: Retired
Manufacturer: Airco
Country of Manufacture: South Africa
Role: Bomber
 
Description:

Designation used for the South African produced M'pala II. A D.H.9 with a strengthened forward fuselage structure, improved landing gear, aileron controls, fuel system and Handley Page leading-edge slots.

SAAF serials 153 (ex DH4 201), 154 (ex DH4 203), 155 (ex DH9 138) and 156 (ex DH9 147).

Armament consisted of one fixed forward-firing 0.303-in (7.7mm) Vickers machine-gun and one or two .303-in (7.7mm) Lewis guns on Scarff ring in aft cockpit, plus up to 460 lb (209 kg) of bombs.


Images:

M'pala 159.