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Bristol B.101


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Designed as a private venture, the Type 101 two-seat fighter was powered by a 450hp Bristol Jupiter VI nine cylinder radial. The fuselage was a ply-covered spruce structure and the wings of steel with fabric skinning. Armament comprised two synchronised 7.7mm Vickers guns and a Scarff-mounted Lewis gun. 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.

Engine: 450hp Bristol Jupiter VI nine cylinder radial
Take-off weight: 1606 kg / 3541 lb
Empty weight: 953 kg / 2101 lb
Wingspan: 10.23 m / 33 ft 7 in
Length: 8.33 m / 27 ft 4 in
Height: 2.89 m / 9 ft 6 in
Wing area: 33.44 sq.m / 359.94 sq ft
Max. speed: 257 km/h / 160 mph
Armament: 2 x 7.7mm Vickers, 1 x Lewis gun

 

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