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The Bristol Type 156 Beaufighter (often called the Beau) is a British multi-role aircraft developed during the Second World War by the Bristol Aeroplane Company.


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Bristol Beaufighter Specifications

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Bristol Aeroplane Company
1940 - 1946
United Kingdom

Aircraft performance

2x Bristol Hercules XVII or Bristol Hercules XVIII
1,750 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
290 Kts
537 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
90 Kts
Travel range:
1,520 Nm
2,815 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
26,500 feet
Rate of Climb:
1600 feet / minute
8.13meter / second
Take Off Distance:
695 meter - 2,280.16 feet
Landing Distance:
700 meter - 2,296.56 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
11,521 Kg
25,399 lbs
Max Payload:
2,000 Kg
4,409 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
819 gallon
3,100 liter

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About the Bristol Beaufighter

The Bristol Type 156 Beaufighter (often called the Beau) is a British multi-role aircraft developed during the Second World War by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. It was originally conceived as a heavy fighter variant of the Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber. The Beaufighter proved to be an effective night fighter, which came into service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Battle of Britain, its large size allowing it to carry heavy armament and early airborne interception radar without major performance penalties.

The Beaufighter was used in many roles; receiving the nicknames Rockbeau for its use as a rocket-armed ground attack aircraft and Torbeau as a torpedo bomber against Axis shipping, in which it replaced the Beaufort. In later operations, it served mainly as a maritime strike/ground attack aircraft, RAF Coastal Command having operated the largest number of Beaufighters amongst all other commands at one point. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also made extensive use of the type as an anti-shipping aircraft, such as during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.

The Beaufighter saw extensive service during the war with the RAF (59 squadrons), Fleet Air Arm (15 squadrons), RAAF (seven squadrons), Royal Canadian Air Force (four squadrons), United States Army Air Forces (four squadrons), Royal New Zealand Air Force (two squadrons), South African Air Force (two squadrons) and Polskie Siły Powietrzne (Free Polish Air Force; one squadron). Variants of the Beaufighter were manufactured in Australia by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP); such aircraft are sometimes referred to by the name DAP Beaufighter.

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