Bristol F.2A

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Bristol F.2A
Role Fighter/Multi-Purpose
Manufacturer Bristol
First flight 9 Sep 1916[1] - Oct 1916 [2]
Introduction 5 Apr 1917 [2][3]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 50
Variants Bristol F.2B
Wingspan 12.0 m (39 ft 3 in) [4]
Engine 190hp Rolls-Royce Falcon I
Armament sync. fixed Vickers MG and
flexible rear Lewis MG
Crew 2
Max Speed 180 km/h (110 mph) [5][4]
Climb 610 m (2,000 ft) in 1:55[4]
910 m (3,000 ft) in 3:00[5]
1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 7:30[4]
2,100 m (7,000 ft) in 8:15[5]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 14:30[5][4]
Ceiling 4,900 m (16,000 ft)[5][4][note 1]
Endurance 3:15 [5]

Fifty Bristol F.2A fighters were produced before production was switched over to the improved F.2B. While it had a disastrous debut where four of six planes were shot down, it wasn't long before crews figured that the "BrisFit" could be flown as a conventional fighter rather than a slow, stable two-seater, and the plane's good qualities were made apparent. The F.2A differed from the F.2B by the use of the 190hp Rolls-Royce Falcon I, an uncovered section in the lower center wing, the lack of radiator shutters, a tailplane of shorter span and somewhat wider chord, and more upright center longerons.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Bristol F.2 Fighter.

Timeline [note 2]

Miniatures and Models

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References

Notes
  1. 5,500 m (18,000 ft) absolute ceiling.[5]
  2. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[6]
Citations
  1. Bruce'65, p.1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bruce'69, p.127.
  3. Bruce'65, p.4.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Lamberton, pp.212-213.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Bruce'69, p.140.
  6. Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M. Bruce, Profile Publications 21: The Bristol Fighter. Great Britain, Profile Publications Ltd., 1965.
  • J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 4: Bristol Fighter. Great Britain, Albatros Publications Ltd., 1987. ISBN 0-948414-08-1
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • L.A. Rogers, Windsock Datafile 115: Bristol Fighter (Volume 2). Great Britain, Albatros Publications Ltd., 2006. ISBN 1-902207-77-7
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2