Blackburn Roc: The Roc-Bottom.

The Roc was the less fortunate example of the failed British bomber-destroyer “turret fighter” concept of the 1930s. The Roc was in essence just the very, very modest Blackburn Skua equipped with a Boulton-Paul turret. It didn’t have a chance; Roc’s performances were a joke and by the time they were available in number it was obvious those turreted fighters were easy meat against conventional fighters. Only a few of them were put reluctantly in their intended role by the Fleet Air Arm in late 1939. Soon enough other less hazardous duties were found for them.

Marginal and not pretty things, but those Blackburns sure had something…., at least for me.

4 thoughts on “Blackburn Roc: The Roc-Bottom.

  1. Yep, it was indeed a sort of WW1 remnant. But those “anti-Douhet” turret fighters were unique -no fixed weaponry- and very, very late in conception (the middle 1930s).

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