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The first of the RAF's four engined 'heavies' to enter service during WW2 the Shorts Stirling was badly restricted in it's altitude performance due to it's short wingspan, (apparently due to a pre-war requirement for the aircraft to fit in a standard RAF hanger). It was also limited in the size of bomb that it was able to carry due to it's internal structure, although it's short range bombload was quite respectable.