Bristol Braemar


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Bristol Braemar

An unsuccessful contender for a 1917 large bomber requirement, the Bristol Braemar triplane formed the basis of the Pullman, an equally unwanted airliner with a large cabin and enclosed cockpit. The Pullman's crew distrusted this feature and took to carrying axes with which to hack their way out in an emergency.

The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company showed interest in a version called the Tramp to be powered (naturally) by steam engines. By 1919 this was pretty eccentric and a considerable challenge. Two Tramps were built, each with four piston engines in an internal engine room while a light and powerful steam powerplant was developed. This proved impossible, as did making the system that transmitted power from engine room to propellers work reliably, and thus neither of the Tramps ever flew.

Bristol Braemar

 MODELBraemar Mark II
 ENGINE4 x 410hp Liberty 12A water-cooled in-line engines
  Take-off weight8399 kg18517 lb
  Empty weight4835 kg10659 lb
  Wingspan24.89 m82 ft 8 in
  Length15.70 m52 ft 6 in
  Height6.30 m21 ft 8 in
  Wing area176.98 m21905.00 sq ft
  Max. speed201 km/h125 mph
  Ceiling5182 m17000 ft
 ARMAMENT5 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 6 x 100kg bombs

Braemar IIA three-view drawing of Braemar II (600 x 266)

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