Bristol Bullpup


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Bristol Bullpup

Of similar construction to the parallel Type 105 Bulldog, the Bullpup was ordered in prototype form to participate in the F.20/27 interceptor contest. It was first flown on 28 April 1928 with a Jupiter VI engine in place of the 480hp Bristol Mercury IIA for which it was intended. With the latter engine it was evaluated at Martlesham in the spring of 1929. Smaller and faster than the Bulldog, and possessing superior handling characteristics to those of its stablemate, it was nevertheless deemed to afford an insufficient advance to warrant production, and the sole prototype was utilised as an engine test-bed until 1935 when it was scrapped.

Bristol BullpupA three-view drawing (1278 x 930)

  Take-off weight1293 kg2851 lb
  Empty weight866 kg1909 lb
  Wingspan9.14 m30 ft 0 in
  Length7.16 m24 ft 6 in
  Height2.87 m9 ft 5 in
  Wing area21.37 m2230.02 sq ft
  Max. speed306 km/h190 mph

Al, e-mail, 08.10.2012 01:15

My Dad was a young draughsman who was recruited into Bristol's new electrical dept. His first job was to develop an electrical system for the Bullpup. He told me that it consisted of a fan driven generator that provided power to the red and green wing tip lights, and the turn and bank indicator, and later the fuel gauge.


Nigel Rumble, e-mail, 05.10.2011 20:31

My father evaluated this aircraft on the 21st September 1933, when a young pilot with No. 32 Squadron ant Biggin Hill. (Sgt. Albert Rumble)
I assume that it whent to a number of squadrons for feedback.


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