Boulton Paul Trident Mk-I
As Boulton Paul was working on the design of the
Defiant turret fighter the company decided to go one step further and
create a three turret fighter.
As the Defiant found its purpose as a night
fighter the work on the Trident continued however. To speed up the
design extensive use was made of Defiant components.
The RAF was sufficiently intrigued to order two
prototypes and the first Trident flew in December 1941 and initial
tests proved very successful. The aircraft was faster than the Defiant
and although less maneuverable its heavy armament made it a formidable
In all 1400 Tridents were produced and the type
served as a night fighter until 1944 when it was replaced with the