Bristol Britannia

Country United Kingdom
New price USD 1.9 million (1957)

The Bristol Type 175 Britannia was a British medium-to-long-range airliner built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1952 to fly across the Commonwealth.


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Bristol Britannia specifications


Bristol Aeroplane Company
1952 - 1960
United Kingdom
New purchase price
USD 1.9 million (1957)

Aircraft performance

4x Bristol Proteus 765
4,450 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
345 Kts
639 Km/h
Travel range:
4,640 Nm
8,593 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
28,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
2220 feet / minute
11.28meter / second

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
83,915 Kg
184,999 lbs
Max Payload:
28,000 Kg
61,729 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
8,070 gallon
30,548 liter

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About the Bristol Britannia

The Bristol Type 175 Britannia was a British medium-to-long-range airliner built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1952 to fly across the Commonwealth. During development two prototypes were lost and the turboprop engines proved susceptible to inlet icing, which delayed entry into service while solutions were sought.

By the time development was completed, “pure” jet airliners from France, the United Kingdom, and the United States were about to enter service, and consequently, only 85 Britannias were built before production ended in 1960. Nevertheless, the Britannia is considered one of the landmarks in turboprop-powered airliner design and was popular with passengers. It became known as “The Whispering Giant” for its quiet exterior noise and smooth flying, although the passenger interior remained less tranquil.

Canadair purchased a licence to build the Britannia in Canada, adding another 72 aircraft in two variants. These were the stretched Canadair CL-44/Canadair CC-106 Yukon, and the greatly modified Canadair CP-107 Argus maritime patrol aircraft.

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