Bristol Freighter

Country United Kingdom

The Bristol Type 170 Freighter is a British twin-engine aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company as both a freighter and airliner.


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Bristol Freighter specifications


Bristol Aeroplane Company
1945 - 1958
United Kingdom

Aircraft performance

2x Bristol Hercules 734
2,000 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
196 Kts
363 Km/h
Travel range:
715 Nm
1,324 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
23,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1000 feet / minute
5.08meter / second
Take Off Distance:
760 meter - 2,493.41 feet
Landing Distance:
700 meter - 2,296.56 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
19,958 Kg
43,999 lbs
Max Payload:
7,341 Kg
16,184 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
1,170 gallon
4,429 liter
Baggage Volume:
630 m3 / 22,248 ft3

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About the Bristol Freighter

The Bristol Type 170 Freighter is a British twin-engine aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company as both a freighter and airliner. Its best known use was as an air ferry to carry cars and their passengers over relatively short distances. A passenger-only version was also produced, known as the Wayfarer.

The Freighter was developed during the Second World War, having attracted official attention from the British Air Ministry, which sought the development of a rugged vehicle capable of carrying various cargoes, including a 3-ton truck. Various changes to the design were made to accommodate their requirements, but being completed too late to participate in the conflict, the majority of sales of the Freighter were to commercial operators. In response to customer demand, an enlarged version to maximise vehicle-carrying capacity, known as the Bristol Superfreighter, was developed.

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