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Bristol F.2C Badger


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Intended as a successor to the F.2B two-seat fighter-reconnaissance aircraft, the F.2C Badger was designed for the 320hp ABC Dragonfly I nine-cylinder radial. Three prototypes were ordered. Armament comprised two fixed 7.7mm Vickers machine guns and a 7.7mm Lewis gun mounted on a Scarff ring in the rear cockpit.


The first prototype suffered a crash landing because of an engine failure during its first take-off on 4 February 1919, but was rebuilt and flown. The second prototype was completed with a nine-cylinder Cosmos Jupiter of 450hp and flew on 24 May 1919, but later had a Dragonfly substituted for the Jupiter. A third aircraft was completed as the Badger II with a Cosmos Jupiter engine and redesigned wings, this being re-engined in 1921 with a 385hp Jupiter II (this power plant having meanwhile been taken over by Bristol) and subsequently being used primarily for engine development purposes.

F.2C Badger
Engine: 320hp ABC Dragonfly I nine-cylinder radial
Take-off weight: 1430 kg / 3153 lb
Empty weight: 884 kg / 1949 lb
Wingspan: 11.20 m / 36 ft 9 in
Length: 7.21 m / 23 ft 8 in
Height: 2.76 m / 9 ft 1 in
Wing area: 33.18 sq.m / 357.15 sq ft
Max. speed: 217 km/h / 135 mph

 

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