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Bristol F2b

Bristol F2b Fighter History
Captain Frank Barnwell designed the Bristol F2 Fighter during the middle of WWI for the British RFC and Colonial Aeroplane Company. It was a two seat fighter aircraft intended to replace the RFC's obsolete Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2 and Sopwith 1 Strutter fighters. To facilitate the project, Captain Barnwell was released from active service to take up the position of chief designer at Bristol. The Bristol F2 Fighter was a relatively large and heavy wooden framed biplane aircraft, but was able to hold it's own against smaller single seat biplanes once the definitive Bristol F2b fighter variant was introduced.

Bristol F2b Fighter in WW1
The Bristol F2a fighter entered operational service during WW1 with the Royal Flying Corps, in April 1917, but initially suffered heavy losses. This was partially due to the use of an inappropriate strategy which had been developed for the older biplane aircraft that the Bristol F2b replaced, and partially due to engine reliability issues. Once tactical lessons had been learnt and the Bristol F2b fighter, with it's more powerful Rolls-Royce Falcon III liquid-cooled V12 engine, came into front line service, the Bristol F2b fighter proved to be a very good WW1 biplane fighter.

Bristol F2b Fighter Biplane Post WW1
A total in excess of 5,000 of these fighter aircraft were produced, and production continued until 1927. The Bristol F2b fighter, or "Brisfit" and "Biff" as it was popularly known, remained in service with the RAF in the British colonies until the early years of the 1930's. Many Bristol F2b fighters eventually ended up in civilian hands with many private owners coveting the Bristol F2b aircraft for it's renowned rugged reliability.

Various scale models, model kits and plans of these aircraft have been available in the market place.

Bristol F2b Fighter Specifications:

Bristol F2b Crew: 2
Bristol F2b Length:
25 ft 10 in (7.87 m)

Bristol F2b Wing Span:
39 ft 3 in (11.96 m)
Bristol F2b Length:
25 ft 10 in (7.87 m)
Bristol F2b Height:
9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
Bristol F2b Power-plant:
Rolls-Royce Falcon III, 12 cylinder, liquid cooled inline V, 270 hp
Bristol F2b Weight:
2,779 lb (1,261 kg)
Bristol F2b Maximum speed:
123 mph (198 km/h)
Bristol F2b Service Ceiling:
21,500 ft (6,553 m)
Bristol F2b Range:
3 hours maximum endurance

Bristol F2b Fighter Armament:

Vickers machine gun, synchronized, forward firing
2-3 Lewis machine guns on a scarf ring in the rear cockpit

240lb (108.9 kg) of bombs

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