Bristol 133


Back to the Virtual Aircraft Museum
  FIGHTERVirtual Aircraft Museum / United Kingdom / Bristol  

Bristol 133

A further private venture design for the F.7/30 competition, the Type 133 single-seat fighter featured a forward fuselage of girder-type construction, a monocoque rear fuselage and Alclad stressed skinning. Powered by a Bristol Mercury VIS.2 rated at 620hp for take-off and carrying an armament of two synchronised 7.7mm Vickers guns in the fuselage and a Lewis gun of similar calibre mounted above each mainwheel housing, the Type 133 flew for the first time on 8 June 1934. After completing a considerable amount of flying, on 8 March 1935 the prototype got into a flat spin and the engine stopped, the pilot baling out and the aircraft being destroyed. No further development was undertaken.

Bristol 133A three-view drawing (1280 x 942)

  Take-off weight2149 kg4738 lb
  Empty weight1053 kg2321 lb
  Wingspan11.89 m39 ft 0 in
  Length8.53 m28 ft 0 in
  Height2.97 m10 ft 9 in
  Wing area22.95 m2247.03 sq ft
  Max. speed418 km/h260 mph

rbbrlabdvw, e-mail, 30.07.2020 11:04

Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?


Rich, e-mail, 29.04.2009 06:22

The Mercury IX 850hp only powered the Gladiator to 257mph. The Mercury VI 620hp powered the type 133 to 260mph. Think what even a Mercury IX could have done for it. How about a Hercules?


Rich, e-mail, 29.04.2009 06:15

W.T. Campbell entered a spin with the undercarriage unintentionally down. Give it a Perseus and the Gloster Gladiator would not be able to compete.


leo rudnicki, e-mail, 15.04.2009 06:38

This aircraft oozes a certain "je ne sais qwhat" Sort of a British Breda 65. The attempt at monocoque probably explains why Sir Sidney built the Hurricane in tube and rag. The prototype accidentally collided with some farm machinery and was re-assembled without a manual. No offence against farm machinery intended. I don't know good from bad but I know terrible.


Do you have any comments?

Name    E-mail


All the World's Rotorcraft

All rhe World's Rotorcraft AVIATION TOP 100 -