Bristol Beaufort VIII Bomber Plane
The Bristol Beaufort was a WW2 torpedo bomber developed from the Bristol Blenheim bomber and entered RAF service in 1939. The Bristol Beaufort served extensively with the RAF, RAAF and the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm until late 1944. The Bristol Beaufort was larger, heavier and had more powerful engines than the Bristol Blenheim and was further developed in to the successful long-range night-fighter the Bristol Beaufighter, the Beaufighter was eventually converted into a torpedo bomber and replaced the Beaufort in the torpedo bomber role. A total of 2080 Bristol Beauforts were produced, production being split fairly equally between England and Australia.
Although designed primarily with a torpedo bomber role in mind it was mainly was used in a conventional bomber role although it was notably used as a torpedo bomber on the attacks on the German battle-cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the German occupied French port of Brest during 194o and 1941.
Bristol Beaufort Armament:
- Three 303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers G.O machine guns , one wing mounted and two in dorsal turret
- Single .303 in Browning machine gun in rear-firing chin blister
- Single 1,605 lb (728 kg) 18 inch (45.72 cm) Mk XII torpedo or 2,000 lb (907 kg) of bombs or mines
|Bristol Beaufort Specifications: |
- Length: 44 ft 2 in (13.46 m)
- Wingspan: 57 ft 10 in (17.63 m)
- Height: 14 ft 3 in (4.34 m)
- Wing area: 503 ft² (46.73 m²)
- Empty weight: 13,107 lb (5,945 kg)
- Loaded weight: 21,230 lb (9,629 kg)
- Engines: Twin 1,130 hp (843 kW) Bristol Taurus VI 14-cylinder radial engines
(Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasps on Australian built Beauforts)
- Maximum speed: 271.5 mph (420 km/h) at 6,500 ft (1,981 m)
- Cruise speed: 255 mph (410 km/hat) 6,500 ft (1,981 m)
- Range: 1,600 mi (1,400 nm, 2,600 km)
- Service ceiling 16,500 ft (5,030 m)
Bristol Beaufort VIII
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