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Bristol 133

A further private venture design for the F.7/30 competition, the Type 133 single-seat fighter featured a forward fuselage of girder-type construction, a monocoque rear fuselage and Alclad stressed skinning. Powered by a Bristol Mercury VIS.2 rated at 620hp for take-off and carrying an armament of two synchronised 7.7mm Vickers guns in the fuselage and a Lewis gun of similar calibre mounted above each mainwheel housing, the Type 133 flew for the first time on 8 June 1934. After completing a considerable amount of flying, on 8 March 1935 the prototype got into a flat spin and the engine stopped, the pilot baling out and the aircraft being destroyed. No further development was undertaken.

Bristol 133A three-view drawing (1280 x 942)

    Take-off weight2149 kg4738 lb
    Empty weight1053 kg2321 lb
    Wingspan11.89 m39 ft 0 in
    Length8.53 m28 ft 0 in
    Height2.97 m10 ft 9 in
    Wing area22.95 m2247.03 sq ft
    Max. speed418 km/h260 mph

Rich, 29.04.2009

The Mercury IX 850hp only powered the Gladiator to 257mph. The Mercury VI 620hp powered the type 133 to 260mph. Think what even a Mercury IX could have done for it. How about a Hercules?

Rich, 29.04.2009

W.T. Campbell entered a spin with the undercarriage unintentionally down. Give it a Perseus and the Gloster Gladiator would not be able to compete.

leo rudnicki, 15.04.2009

This aircraft oozes a certain "je ne sais qwhat" Sort of a British Breda 65. The attempt at monocoque probably explains why Sir Sidney built the Hurricane in tube and rag. The prototype accidentally collided with some farm machinery and was re-assembled without a manual. No offence against farm machinery intended. I don't know good from bad but I know terrible.

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