Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bristol Beaufighter

Restored as Mk.VIf KV912, the NMUSAF's Beaufighter is actually a composite airframe created from components from two Mk.Is. The lack of an effective American night fighter in the early stages of the war led the USAAF to being supplied with more than 100 Beaufighters.

Bristol Beaufighter on display at NMUSAF
The NMUSAF's Beaufighter, on display in the WWII Gallery

Beaufighter - Bristol Hercules radial engine photo

Beaufighter main landing gear photo
Beaufighter walk around - main gear

Beaufighter wing leading edge

Using the wings and tail of the Beaufort with a new fuselage and Hercules radial engines, the Beaufighter gave the RAF a much needed heavy strike fighter in the early years of World War II. First flight of the Type 156 prototype took place in July 1939, and a year later the first Beaufighter Mk.Is were entering service.


Beaufighter Mk V: prototype with a Boulton Paul dorsal turret.

Several images of a 1/10 scale electric RC Beaufighter

Beaufighter walk around at the Australian National Aviation Museum. Some good internal images!

Building the Tamiya Beaufighter Mk.21 model kit

Walkaround of the Beaufighter restoration at Duxford

Beaufighter cockpit under restoration

FSX Beaufighter video 

Beaufighter pictures at the NMUSAF archives

Beaufighter Bibliography

"NIGHT INTERCEPTION: Photographs of Beaufighter : Night-fighter Station Visited" Flight June 15, 1941 p.385

"Designed for Dispersal:  Component Parts of the Bristol Beaufighter" Flight August 14, 1941 p.90

"Friend or Foe? Beaufighter and Fw 187"  Flight October 30, 1941

Photo: Beaufighter Mk.I, recognition 3-view  Flight September 24, 1942

"Torpedo-Fighters" Beaufighters fitted to carry 18-inch torpedoes externally on the centerline. Flight June 3, 1943

"Torpedo Beaufighters" Flight September 2, 1943  Some walk around photos showing airframe details, including flame dampeners on the nacelle.

Photo: RAAF Beaufighter A19-186  Air Pictorial August 1969  p.296

Color profile: Beaufighter Mk.IC  RAF Yearbook 1983  p.69

Color profile: Beaufighter TF. Mk.X NE327 with invasion stripes. RAF Yearbook 1984  p.60

Scale Models

CMK makes a set to convert the 1/48 Tamiya Beaufighter to a Mk.1F

Red Roo Models offers a set to convert the Tamiya Beau to an Australian target tow aircraft.

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