BOULTON PAUL BALLIOL The Last Merlin-Powered Aircraft


The Boulton Paul Balliol and Sea Balliol were monoplane advanced trainer aircraft. On 17 May 1948, it became the world’s first single engine turboprop aircraft to fly. Operated primarily by both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm,this is a beautifully illustrated insight into how a small, pioneering British manufacturer dealt with the fluctuating demands of its era.

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