Bristol Beaufort Mk I Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1940
Type: Torpedo Bomber Aircraft
National Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer(s): Bristol - UK
Production Total: 2,080
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 4
Overall Length: 44.26 feet (13.49 meters)
Overall Width: 57.81 feet (17.62 meters)
Overall Height: 14.24 feet (4.34 meters)
Weight (Empty): 13,100 lb (5,942 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 21,228 lb (9,629 kg)
Installed Power and Standard Day Performance
Propulsion: 2 x Bristol Taurus VI radial piston engines developing 1,130 horsepower each.
Maximum Speed: 265 mph (426 kph; 230 knots)
Maximum Range: 1,600 miles (2,575 km)
Service Ceiling: 16,499 feet (5,029 meters; 3.12 miles)
Armament / Mission Payload
2 x 7.7mm machine guns in nose
2 x 7.7mm machine guns in dorsal turret
Maximum bomb load of up to 2,000 lb.
1 x 1,605 lb 457mm torpedo
1 x 7.7mm rear-firing machine gun under nose
2 x 7.7mm machine guns in beam positions
Global Operators / Customers
Australia; Canada; New Zealand; South Africa; Turkey; United Kingdom
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
Mk I - Initial Production Version; fitted with Bristol Taurus II 1,010hp powerplants; 965 produced.
Mk II - Fitted with American Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp radial piston engines; 415 produced.
Trainer - Final production versions completed sans dorsal turret.