Bristol 152 Beaufort
1938
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Bristol 152 Beaufort

The first prototype flew on October 15, 1938. Entered service in 1940. A total of 1900 aircraft were built, 1200 in Great Britain and 700 in Australia.

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Bristol 152 BeaufortA three-view drawing (694 x 624)


Specification 
 MODELBristol "Beaufort Mk I"
 CREW4
 ENGINE2 x Bristol Taurus VI, XII или XVI, 843kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight9630 kg21231 lb
    Empty weight5945 kg13107 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan17.63 m58 ft 10 in
    Length13.59 m45 ft 7 in
    Height3.78 m12 ft 5 in
    Wing area46.73 m2503.00 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed418 km/h260 mph
    Cruise speed322 km/h200 mph
    Ceiling5030 m16500 ft
    Range1666 km1035 miles
 ARMAMENT4-7 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 680kg of bombs or 1 x 728kg torpedo

Comments
Barry, 11.01.2011

2400 Beauforts were produced of which 700 were manufactured in Australia which could be identified by having a larger fin. The difficulty of shipping the Taurus engine to Australia led to the RAAF aircraft being fitted with 1200 h.p. Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp engines which were locally produced. In fact some U.K. Beauforts had this engine and the MkII was even fitted with Rolls Royce Merlin engines before reverting to the more than capable Taurus.
Please note I think there is an error in the dimensions noted above in that the wing span should be 57ft 10in and the length 44ft 2in. In addition most sources quote the rangr as being 1600 miles.

james, 27.12.2008

We in brisbane have some people trying to put one of these back into the air for the joy of others who have not seen one in the air since the 1940's

EMBER, 18.12.2007

A VALUED, HARD-WORKING MACHINE, THE BEAUFORT WAS CAPABLE OF DELIVERING 55% OF IT'S BOMBS ON TARGET ;HOWEVER, IT WAS NIGH PROTECTED AND MANY FELL VICTIM TO MESSERSCHMIT BF-109Es & Fs.

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