Bristol Brabazon Aircraft



Production Details

Design Company:

The Bristol Aeroplane Co Ltd, Filton, Bristol

First Flight:

4 September 1949

Brabazon Mk 1:

1 - Bristol Aeroplane Co

Type Specification

Applies to:

Bristol 167 Brabazon Mk 1

Type:

Eight engined long range airliner

Wing:

Low wing cantilever monoplane. All metal structure using built up spars and ribs, with stringers and stressed skin

Fuselage:

All metal structure of circular cross section, built up of formers and stringers with three main longerons

Tail Unit:

Cantilever monoplane type with single fin and rudder. Tailplane and fin are two spar all metal structures. Control surfaces have tubular metal leading edges, light alloy ribs and riveted skin

Landing Gear:

Retractable tricycle type. Two main units each have two wheels and a steerable nose unit with two wheels.

Power Plant:

Eight 2,650 hp Bristol Centaurus 20 air cooled radial engines driving paired three bladed Rotol airscrews, 16 ft diameter

Accommodation:

Normal crew consists of two pilots, two engineers, navigator, radio operator. For passenger operations eight stewards and 100 passengers in three saloons

Dimensions

Span:

230 ft

Length:

177 ft

Height:

50 ft

Wing Area:

5,317 sq ft

Weights

Empty:

145,100 lb

All-up:

290,000 lb

Performance

Max Speed:

300 mph

Initial Rate of Climb:

750 ft/min

Cruising Altitude:

25,000 ft

Range:

5,500 miles

Preserved in British Museums

None known

Web Sites

http://www.unrealaircraft.com/classics/brab.php http://www.aviationarchive.org.uk/stories/pages.php?enum=GE121&pnum;=0&maxp;=9