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Bristol Seely

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Bristol Seely

 ENGINE1 x 240hp Siddeley Puma
    Take-off weight1362 kg3003 lb
    Empty weight908 kg2002 lb
    Wingspan14.40 m47 ft 3 in
    Length8.99 m30 ft 6 in
    Height3.66 m12 ft 0 in
    Wing area52.58 m2565.97 sq ft
    Max. speed177 km/h110 mph
    Ceiling5486 m18000 ft

Barry, 20.06.2016

The Seely was based on the earlier Tourer and was entered into a competition organised by the Air Ministry for a safe short take off and low landing speed passenger craft. The passenger sat enclosed behind the pilot's open cockpit. The competition was held at Martlesham Heath with only two other competitors, the Sopwith Antelope and the Westland Limousine. The Limousine won. Bristol kept the Seely for general duties, later selling it to the Air Ministry where it was converted to use a supercharged 435 h.p Bristol Jupiter III driving a two blade Leitner Watts propeller (see my earlier post) which raised the service ceiling to 24,000 ft.

Barry, 12.03.2013

That may well be a Puma engine in the top photo, but no way is that a Puma engine in the lower photo.

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