Bristol 156 Beaufighter

Fighter Bomber / Torpedo Bomber

Bristol Beaufighter TF.X, ex Portugal Navy, BF-13, Royal Air Force Museum London © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Bristol 156 Beaufighter is a twin-engined two-seat heavy fighter aircraft produced by the British manufacturer Bristol Aeroplane Company. The Beaufighter served also as a fighter bomber and torpedo bomber aircraft.
The Bristol Beaufighter is a development of the Bristol Beaufort. The Beaufighter Mk.21 was also license-built by the Australian Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) as a fighter bomber and torpedo bomber aircraft.
Crew2
Propulsion2 Radial Engines
Engine ModelBristol Hercules XVII
Engine Power (each)1286 kW1725 hp
Speed515 km/h278 kts
  320 mph
Service Ceiling5.791 m19.000 ft
Range2.254 km1.217 NM
1.401 mi.
Empty Weight7.072 kg15.592 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight11.521 kg25.400 lbs
Wing Span17,63 m57 ft 10 in
Wing Area46,7 m503 ft
Length12,70 m41 ft 8 in
Height4,83 m15 ft 10 in
First Flight17.07.1939
Production Statusout of production
Total Production5926
Developed fromBristol 152 Beaufort
Data for (Version)Bristol 156 Beaufighter TF.Mk.X
VariantsBeaufighter Mk IF, Mk IC, Mk II, Mk IIF, Mk VI, Mk VIC, Mk VIF, TF Mk X, Mk XIC, Mk 21 (DAP Beaufighter), TT Mk 10

[Photo-ID: 5359] Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Bristol 156 Beaufighter, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), A19-43, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2012Bristol
156 Beaufighter
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Reg.: A19-43
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 5360] Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Bristol 156 Beaufighter, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), A19-43, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2012Bristol
156 Beaufighter
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Reg.: A19-43
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 1189] Karsten Palt 2008-07-16
Bristol 156 Beaufighter Mk.XI, The Fighter Collection, A19-144, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2008Bristol
156 Beaufighter Mk.XI
The Fighter Collection
Reg.: A19-144
 
ex RAAF
Imperial War Museum [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 1191] Karsten Palt 2008-07-16
Bristol Beaufighter TF.X, Portugal Navy, BF-13, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2008Bristol
Beaufighter TF.X
Portugal Navy
Reg.: BF-13
 
RAF RD253
Royal Air Force Museum [London-Hendon]