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.
|A three-view drawing (694 x 624)|
| MODEL||Bristol "Beaufort Mk I"|
| ENGINE||2 x Bristol Taurus VI, XII или XVI, 843kW|
| Take-off weight||9630 kg||21231 lb|
| Empty weight||5945 kg||13107 lb|
| Wingspan||17.63 m||58 ft 10 in|
| Length||13.59 m||45 ft 7 in|
| Height||3.78 m||12 ft 5 in|
| Wing area||46.73 m2||503.00 sq ft|
| Max. speed||418 km/h||260 mph|
| Cruise speed||322 km/h||200 mph|
| Ceiling||5030 m||16500 ft|
| Range||1666 km||1035 miles|
| ARMAMENT||4-7 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 680kg of bombs or 1 x 728kg torpedo|
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.
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
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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