Handley Page 0/400
     World War I saw the birth of strategic air power.  Unlike tactical air power that focused on the support of ground troops, strategic bombing was aimed at the enemy's ability to wage war - it's factories, rail yards, and communication centers.
     This required planes that could carry many bombs and enough fuel to get them to distant targets and back again.  The Germans began strategic bombing with lighter than air Zeppelins, but they were ineffective.  Soon all the combatants built heavy bombers.  Characteristic of these were two twin-engine biplanes, the German Gotha G.IV and the British Handley Page 0/400.  Both were designed to attack the other country's capitol.  Fully loaded, they weighed over 30,000 pounds.  
     The Handley-Page 0/400 came into service only a few weeks before the war was over, so they were never used for their intended mission.  They were converted to in 1918, but too late for use as a strategic bomber.  They were first used by RAF communication squadrons, but were soon converted to other use.  Some of them replaced the bomb bay with a passenger compartments.  Others were converted into transports. Subtypes included the 0/7, 0/10 and 0/11 freighters.  They could carry between 10 and 14 passengers.    

Handley Page 0/400
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