Bristol 101


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Bristol 101

Designed as a private venture, the Type 101 two-seat fighter powered by a 450hp Bristol Jupiter VI ninecylinder radial was of mixed construction, the fuselage being a ply-covered spruce structure and the wings being of steel with fabric skinning. Armament comprised two synchronised 7.7mm Vickers guns and a Scarff-mounted Lewis gun. Cleaner and more compact than most contemporary aircraft in its category, the Type 101, which was first flown on 27 July 1927, offered a relatively high performance, but was rejected by the Air Ministry because of its use of wood. As no other customers presented themselves, the prototype served in the test bed role.

Bristol 101A three-view drawing (800 x 672)

  Take-off weight1606 kg3541 lb
  Empty weight953 kg2101 lb
  Wingspan10.23 m34 ft 7 in
  Length8.33 m27 ft 4 in
  Height2.89 m10 ft 6 in
  Wing area33.44 m2359.94 sq ft
  Max. speed257 km/h160 mph

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