Bristol Boxkite


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Bristol Boxkite

First product of the Bristol and Colonial Aeroplane Company and one of the most famous British pioneering aircraft. The first Bristol biplane (similar in many ways to the French Voisin biplane), later known as the Boxkite, flew initially on 31 July 1910 with a 37kW Gregoire engine. However the Boxkite was only successful when fitted later with a 37kW Gnome rotary engine. Full production soon got under way and a total of 76 aircraft were constructed, of which the eight exported to Russia constituted the first foreign order for British aeroplanes. One was flown during the British Army manoeuvres, which led to the delivery of the first military aircraft as an army co-operation machine in May 1911. Although very slow and highly susceptible to wind variations, small numbers served with the RFC and RNAS as two-seat trainers during the early part of World War I.

Bristol Boxkite

 MODELBoxkite Standard
 ENGINE1 x 5-60hp Gnome
  Take-off weight477 kg1052 lb
  Empty weight363 kg800 lb
  Wingspan10.52 m35 ft 6 in
  Length11.73 m39 ft 6 in
  Height3.61 m12 ft 10 in
  Wing area42.46 m2457.04 sq ft
  Max. speed64 km/h40 mph

Bristol BoxkiteA three-view drawing (800 x 648)

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Chips Rafferty, e-mail, 29.01.2017 11:41

I have a photo of this aircraft which hung from the hall at Bristol Museum. I don't how to post the photo to this web site.


Bob Draper, e-mail, 05.12.2013 17:28

One of these planes actually landed at Green Park Station in Bath when the pilot lost his way! The manager of Green Park Station would love to have a replica hanging from the roof of Green Park Station (as they do in the Bristol Museum). I think it is a great idea and feasible. Any ideas to make it happen? Funding, Apprentice Groups, Student Groups, source of drawings etc?... the manager at Green Park Station is Daniel Bain.
Bob Draper, Bath


Mustafa izgi, e-mail, 13.03.2011 23:17

f your factory make this airplane again by beng replica it will very convenient for airshows and air museums.THANKS A LOT.


Tom, e-mail, 12.08.2009 12:01

There's one of these in the entrance hall of Bristol Museum (in the city center).


J.Alexander, e-mail, 02.04.2009 12:00

Would it be true to say that it was similar to the Farman plane rather than the Voisin? The Farman was derived from the Voisin, but much improved.


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